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CUPRESSUS cashmeriana

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James Burghardt

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS cashmeriana

Plant Common Name

Kashmir Cypress

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General Description

Also called Himalayan cypress, this fast-growing evergreen tree is native to Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and adjoining parts of central Asia's high elevations. It boasts among the most beautiful foliage of all conifers. Its bronzy red-brown bark contrasts the blue-green needles beautifully as well. The tree matures into a rather tall, narrow pyramid.

Tiny scale-like needles weep downward from this tree's branches. Crush the needles to release a delicious aroma. Although the branches tend to grow upward, the long, pendulous and flattened branchlet sprays give the plant a softer habit. Small reddish brown cones are produced annually.

Grow the Kashmir cypress in a sunny to lightly shaded exposure. Full sun ensures the fullest tree growth and uniformity. Any average to well-drained soil suffices. Although tolerant of drought, this cypress species prospers when given regular water, especially in summertime. Kashmir cypress also tends to falter in oppressive heat and in locations with strong winds. Use this tree as a specimen on the sunny edges of a protective grove. Dark evergreen trees in the background helps to set off the Kashmir cypress' form and foliage.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    40'-65' / 12.2m - 19.8m

  • Width

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Native To

    Central Asia, India, Nepal

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Red, Bronze, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No