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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Cupressus torulosa.

Material uses

The plant is burnt as an incense[1][2]. The leaves are used[3]. Wood - moderately hard, very durable. Used for general construction[1][4][2][3].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Cupressus torulosa.


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Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow late winter in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[5]. Three weeks cold stratification can improve germination rates[5]. 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[6]. 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[6]. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, September in a frost-proof frame[7]. April/May is the best time to take cuttings[6].

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Thrives in a well-drained loamy or peaty soil[8]. Prefers cooler wetter summers than other members of this genus[9]. Tolerates poor sandy soils[10] but is then more subject to insect damage in a succession of dry seasons[8]. Requires a sunny position[10]. Subject to injury by the wind. Prefers a pH of 6 or lower[9].

This species is somewhat tender in Britain, succeeding only in the milder areas of the country, though some provenances should prove hardier[10]. Trees are slow growing in most of Britain, though growth is much faster in S.W. England and S. Ireland[11]. This species is planted on a small scale as a timber tree in Italy[12]. 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[9]. The crushed foliage smells of lawn mowings[11].

Trees are notably susceptible to honey fungus[9].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Cupressus torulosa
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type

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    1. ? Polunin. O. and Stainton. A. Flowers of the Himalayas. Oxford Universtiy Press (1984-00-00)
    2. ? Gupta. B. L. Forest Flora of Chakrata, Dehra Dun and Saharanpur. Forest Research Institute Press (1945-00-00)
    3. ? Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
    6. ? Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
    7. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    8. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    9. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    10. ? Rushforth. K. Conifers. Christopher Helm ISBN 0-7470-2801-X (1987-00-00)
    11. ? 11.011.1 Mitchell. A. F. Conifers in the British Isles. HMSO ISBN 0-11-710012-9 (1975-00-00)
    12. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)
    13. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)

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