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Pilgerodendron - Growing Guide
Growing Pilgerodendron uvifera
This is a recent introduction to UK gardens and still rather rare. It is, however, in its habit, a particularly fine conifer for the smaller garden. It grows in Chile and Argentina on the edge of swamps or lakes and these are the sort of situations in which it will, in theory, thrive in the UK.
Plants grown from wild collected seed at Tregothnan Arboretum in Cornwall are around 10-12ft tall after 20 years. The ultimate height is around 20ft with an upright pencil-like habit. Growth is very slow and the plant shows no indication of not being perfectly hardy.
The bark of pilgerodendron has a peeling habit and the needle like leaves are dense and tapering. New growth is light green and the under sides of the older leaves have a whitish green hue, darker on the topside.
Grow this conifer in boggy conditions in a damp wet situation. Wet westerly winds are fine but shelter is helpful from strong and cold east winds. Recently we have however seen a plant doing well in an exposed position north of Oxford and nowhere near water. It may well be that this plant needs less pampering than at first thought!