Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Chamaecyparis pisifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Endl. 'Squarrosa'
Sawara cypress and its cultivars
The Sawara cypress was introduced from Japan in 1843. The
cultivar C. pisifera 'Squarrosa' illustrated here is in the main pinetum area of the Botanic Gardens. The type species has adpressed leaves. The more widely grown cultivars (including 'Squarrosa', 'Plumosa' and 'Plumosa Aurea') retain the tree's juvenile foliage which is more
lax with longer leaves, giving the branches a more attractive feathery look than the type.
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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