Athrotaxis cupressoides – Tasmanian Pencil Pine – Tasmanian Cedar

SKU: PDE-160251891 Categories: , ,


Athrotaxis – Tasmanian Cedar

There are 3 species, one of which is a natural hybrid, of slow growing, long lived, compact, coniferous trees, in this genus.  They are found in mountainous areas of Western Tasmania and Australia in rocky gullies on exposed rigids or around lakes.  They usually take 2 or 3 decades to reach tree size.  They have fissured bark that shreds in red to gray-brown stripes.  It produces flattened needle to scale like or ovate overlapping leaves arranged in spirals and lying flat.   They bear spherical or ovoid cones that are green ripening to brown.  Female cones have 10-16 scales.  Great as a small specimen trees, and will thrive in areas with cool humid summer.

Grow these moderately frost hardy trees in cool, permanently moist, but well drained, moderately fertile, humus rich, preferably slightly acidic soil in full sun.

Athrotaxis cupressoides – Tasmanian Pencil Pine – This tree is found at altitudes of 3-4,000 feet high, in Western Tasmania by the sides of lakes.  It grows to 40-50’ feet high in a neat conical shape.  It bears symmetrical growth and pale green foliage it may even be slightly yellowish.

Zones 7-9