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Commonly known as Pencil pine
Broadly columnar and rare evergreen tree growing to 6-15 metres. Scale-like dark green leaves
Height - to 15m (50ft)
Spread - 4m (13ft)
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
Trees - Care Guide
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Checking ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
to 15m (50ft)
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00