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Chamaecyparis pisifera

Common Name: Japanese False-Cypress 

Family: Cupressaceae

Collection Number: 
Entry Author:  C. Westring
Description:   Large evergreen tree with straight trunk and open, narrow, pyramidal crown
Needles: 
Flattened along stem, arranged in horizontal pattern.  Dark green to yellowish color
Cones: 
Small pea-like cones, with only 6 to 8 scales.  Medium brown in color.
Bark:
Bark reddish-brown, fibrous, peeling in long thin strips
Branching Pattern:  
Height:  50' to 70' in the landscape, 120' tall in the wild
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest:  Moist soil composed of sand, clay, and silt.  Well-drained.  Best in full sun but tolerates shade.  
Range:  Japan
Zone: 4 (UConn Plant Database) or 6 (UniBonn Gymnosperm Database).
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide: Not threatened
Uses (Human):  A commonly planted ornamental tree in Japan as well as an important source of timber

References:
Gymnosperm Database, University of Bonn
http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/cu/ch/pisifera.htm

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php?species=42213

UConn Plant Database
http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/c/chapis/chapis1.html

 



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