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Athrotaxis laxifolia

summit cedar

Grows fairly slowly to 15m or more, the slender shoots clothed in ovate leaves to 6mm long; cones to 2.5cm long when mature

Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
more than 50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Cupressaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Athrotaxis are evergreen conifers with reddish-brown, stringy bark and small, scale-like leaves arranged spirally on the shoots; small green cones ripen in the second year to dull orange

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Tasmania

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich slightly acid soil in full sun, with shelter from cold winds. Thrives in areas with cool, humid summers

Propagation

Propagate by seed in container or cold frame in late winter or early spring; root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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