Cupressus torulosa

17 Mar

Cupressus torulosa (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Cupressus torulosa (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Late spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 45m

Eventual Spread: 10m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b

Family: Cupressaceae

Cupressus torulosa Leaf (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Cupressus torulosa Leaf (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Cupressus torulosa is a slow growing, long lived, large evergreen conifer with a largely oval to broadly conical habit. Its mid to dark green leaves are scale like. Its trunk may achieve a diameter of up to 3m. Its grey/ brown bark is fibrous, thick and peels off in longitudinal strips. Its monoecious flowers appear as cones, the male being globular and up to 6mm across and the female elliptic, up to 2cm across, are green/ purple when young and matures to a dark brown. Its fruit appear as dark brown seed cones and are up to 20mm long and 16mm broad.

Cupressus torulosa Bark (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Cupressus torulosa Bark (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Cupressus torulosa, commonly known as the Himalayan Cypress or Bhutan Cypress, is native to southern Asia. In its native habitat it grows in subtropical and tropical rainforests, especially on limestone, as a dominant mixed stands or pure stands.

The etymological root of the binomial name Cupressus is derived from the old Latin name for ‘Italian cypress’. Torulosa is derived from the Latin torus meaning ‘swelling’.

The landscape architect may find  Cupressus torulosa useful as a large specimen tree in a parkland setting.

Cupressus torulosa Seed Cones (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Cupressus torulosa Seed Cones (02/02/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Cupressus torulosa may provide cover for birds.

Cupressus torulosa prefers moist, peaty, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Cupressus torulosa requires little maintenance.

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