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Australian Cypress Pine ( Callitris ) seeds from
around the world.
The Australian Cypress Pine (Callitris)
seems to be the new “discovery” in patio and tub plants. Callitris is a species
of Evergreen plants found in Australia. They make wonderful lawn plants for
warmer zones, and some have medicinal qualities.
Cultural Note: Seed does not
require stratification, germinating at any time of the year if it becomes moist.
Sow in early spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the
seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at
least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in
late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Scrubby Cypress Pine
Callitris canescens - Excellent container plant when young, good
lawn plant outside.
Tasmanian Cypress Pine
Callitris oblonga -
Tasmanian Cypress Pine. Native of Tasmania. A
rapid growing tidy bluish-green bush. Dense. Tolerant of dryness. Can be used as
a hedge. Oval. 10 ft. high x 6 ft. wide in 10 years.
Black Cypress Pine Callitris
endlicheri - A tall tree with sweeping branches and aromatic wood. Good
patio plant when young, hardy.
Coast Cypress Pine Callitris columellaris - A wonderful tub and lawn
plant, one of the most stately trees you will find. Lime and cold tolerant,
hardy to zone 8.
Northern White Cypress Pine Callitris glaucophylla - Northern cypress pine
is often seen on sandhills and rocky outcrops where it can live for at least
200-300 years. It is an upright tree of up to 10 meters in height. The leaves
contain fine oils, which produce a characteristic pine odor, and its fruits are
small, round, wooden cones. Regeneration occurs only a few times a century,
following two years of above average rainfall. The very attractively grained
timber is used for wood turning and craftwork, and was historically used on
stations for fence posts due to its resistance to termite attack.
Common Australian Cypress Pine Callitris roei - Deep green cypress
foliage makes this a natural tub and background plant. A fast grower, it is
Blue Cypress Pine Callitris intratropica - Callitris intratropica is a
slow-growing native Australian cypress tree, exclusive to tropical Australia.
The Callitris species are members of the Southern Conifer group of the
Cupressaceć family, with 14 members in Australia, and two in New Caledonia.
The compact, neat tree, with blue-green foliage, grows in the Northern
Territory, Western Australia and Queensland, where it is widespread in coastal
and inland areas in zones of higher rainfall. At maturity, the tree reaches
heights of 25 meters, its branches spreading to 10 meters at the base. It
is believed that Blue Cypress Oil is unique in the world of essential oils. It's
the only essential oil derived from wood to naturally contain guaiazulene, the
quality which confers its blue color. This quality also allows it to have
pharmaceutical applications. All other natural blue oils are flower oils (such
as Chamomile, Matricaria, Artemisia and Tansy), which lack the individual
fragrance of Blue Cypress Oil. The flower oils all contain chamazulene.
Dwarf Cypress Pine Callitris drummondii
Rottnest Island Pine Callitris preissii ssp. - Soft green cypress foliage,
Steelhead Pygmy Cypress Pine Callitris monticola - Erect glaucous bushy
shrub to 8 feet tall, wonderful tub plant for the patio.
Murray Pine Callitris preissii murrayensis - A tall slender cypress
plant growing very fast, good for lawns.
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