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Phyllocladus trichomanoides var. alpinus

alpine celery pine

A slow-growing, upright, evergreen conifer, forming a large shrub or small, bushy tree to about 7m. The foliage consists of oval or diamond shaped, sometimes lobed, phylloclades - flattened stems replacing the true leaves which are reduced to scales. Foliage colour is very variable on different plants, from deep green or rich blue-grey to pale blue-green or yellowy-olive. Male cones resemble short, purplish-pink catkins, and female cones have fleshy red scales enclosing a white sheath which splits to reveal one or more black seeds

Synonyms
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius var. alpinus
Phyllocladus alpinus
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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Red Green Blue Yellow
Summer Green Blue Yellow
Autumn Green Blue Yellow
Winter Green Blue Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Podocarpaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Name status

Correct

Plant range
New Zealand

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position

Propagation

Propagate by seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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