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Cupressus torulosa - D.Don.

Common Name Himalayan Cypress
Family Cupressaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Drier areas, especially on limestone, often in pure stands, from Himachel Pradesh to central Nepal at elevations of 1800 - 3300 metres[51, 158, 272].
Range E. Asia - W. China to the Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cupressus torulosa Himalayan Cypress

Cupressus torulosa Himalayan Cypress


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Physical Characteristics

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Cupressus torulosa is an evergreen Tree growing to 40 m (131ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year. 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 and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.



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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Incense;  Wood.

The plant is burnt as an incense[51, 158]. The leaves are used[272]. Wood - moderately hard, very durable. Used for general construction[51, 61, 158, 272].

Cultivation details

Thrives in a well-drained loamy or peaty soil[11]. Prefers cooler wetter summers than other members of this genus[200]. 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]. Subject to injury by the wind. Prefers a pH of 6 or lower[200]. This species is somewhat tender in Britain, succeeding only in the milder areas of the country, though some provenances should prove hardier[81]. Trees are slow growing in most of Britain, though growth is much faster in S.W. England and S. Ireland[185]. This species is planted on a small scale as a timber tree in Italy[50]. 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 away quickly in the ashes of the fire[200]. The crushed foliage smells of lawn mowings[185]. Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].


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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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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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John Brock   Tue May 30 2006

My Cupressus torulosa (in Canberra, Australia),is 29 years old and 40 feet high . It was planted in 1977, and is extremely healthy.I have never given it any fertilizer. Some photos of the tree can be seen by clicking on the link below .

John B1_B5's Place. Photos of a 40 feet high Cupressus torulosa.

Raul   Tue Nov 14 2006

Mi Cupressus Torulosa (en Guatemala Centro America) tiene aproximadamente unos 32 años y mide unos 35 pies de altura. Quisiera saber si algun dia dara semillas y si la reproduccion en estacas se puede para reproducir su especie. Gracias


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