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Mountain cypress

Widdringtonia nodiflora

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The Mountain cypress is an indigenous, evergreen, multi-stemmed shrub/tree with a columnar crown Burnt trees usually resprout from the base after a fire. The tree is an exceptional substitute for the pine tree, is also water-wise, not a fierce competitor with other plants and has a pine-like shape.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in autumn in a well-drained, sandy soil. Use coarse river sand or a 1:1 mixture of compost and river sand. Germination takes about 3 weeks.

Special features

Pot plant
Can be grown in containers until they become too large.
Drought resistant
This is a water wise plant.

Geography

Origin
Africa, southern Africa, southern Malawi, southern Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe eastern and southern South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate Coastal

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes
The durable timber makes attractive silver-grey roofing shingles. Furniture and panelling. Bonsai

Personality

Family
Cupressaceae
Flower colour
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

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