Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa'
Sawara cypress and its cultivars
54 deg 34.853N
5 deg 55.944W
The Sawara cypress was introduced from Japan in 1843. There
are a number of cultivars of which the C. pisifera 'Squarosa' specimen
illustrated here is one. The type species has adpressed leaves. Much more
widely grown are several cultivars (including 'Squarrosa', 'Plumosa' and 'Plumosa
aurea' that retain the tree's juvenile foliage. The juvenile foliage is more
lax with longer leaves giving the branches a more attractive feathery look.
The individual leaves have a grey powdery coating on the backs which contributes
to the overall bluish effect of the tree.
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2016. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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