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Cupressus funebris - Endl.

Common Name Chinese Weeping Cypress, Mourning-cypress
Family Cupressaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forms woods on mountain slopes and ravines, especially in limestone areas, from sea level to 1100 metres[109].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cupressus funebris Chinese Weeping Cypress, Mourning-cypress


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cupressus funebris is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft 0in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to May. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Chamaecyparis funebris. (Endl.)Franco.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Antiperiodic.

The leaf is antiperiodic[218]. It is used in the treatment of bleeding piles, excessive menstrual flow etc[218]. A decoction of fruiting branches is used in the treatment of colds[218].

Other Uses

Wood.

Wood - hard, tough, white, durable, close grained. Used for general construction, agricultural implements etc[61, 109].

Cultivation details

Thrives in a well-drained loamy or peaty soil[11]. Very tolerant of hot dry conditions[81]. Tolerates poor sandy soils[81] but is then more subject to insect damage in a succession of dry seasons[11]. Requires a sunny position[81]. Prefers a pH of 6 or lower[200]. Somewhat tender in Britain, at least in the north of the country[81], it also seems to be short-lived[185]. Plants do not succeed at Kew[11]. Cultivated as a timber crop in China[61]. Cones can remain closed on the tree for a number of years, opening after the heat of a forest fire to scatter their seeds which then germinate and grow rapidly in the ashes of the fire[200]. Plants are subject to injury by the wind[11, 81]. Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200]. The crushed foliage has the scent of grass[185].

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Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[164]. Three weeks cold stratification can improve germination rates[164]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20°c. The seedlings are very subject to damping off so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed can store for several years[113]. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, September in a frost-proof frame[1]. April/May is the best time to take cuttings[113].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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