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ATHROTAXIS cupressoides

Commonly known as Pencil pine



Broadly columnar and rare evergreen tree growing to 6-15 metres. Scale-like dark green leaves
Further Reading....

  • Height - to 15m (50ft)
  • Spread - 4m (13ft)
  • Conifer
  • Tree - or erect shrub. ascending branches with slightly stringy brown-grey bark.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from cold, dry winds.
  • Additional Features - Endangered in the wild - These plants are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of 'Red Plants'. This is a list of threatened species in the wild, they are either critically, endangered or vulnerable to extinction. - Vulnerable
  • Good to know - can be used as an interesting bonsai subject. Cupressus sempervirens (Italian cypress) is also known as pencil pine.
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - Australia (western Tasmania)
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile
  • Tree Shape - Broadly columnar
to 15m (50ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

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