Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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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

Tag 71
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.
Chamaecyparis pisifera in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa'

Chamaecyparis pisifera in Belfast Botanic Gardens Chamaecyparis pisifera

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa' foliage

Chamaecyparis pisifera bark

Chamaecyparis pisifera foliage Chamaecyparis pisifera bark
Chamaecyparis pisifera leaf detail Chamaecyparis pisifera abaxial
Chamaecyparis pisifera foliage detail Chamaecyparis pisifera abaxial leaf surface

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2016. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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