The Q&A Archives: Cashmir Cypress

Question: I'm looking for information on Cashmir cypress (Cupressus cashmirina): hardiness, growth habit, soil, sources, etc.
Can you help me out?

Answer: It took some looking, but I found it. It's not very hardy -- it has to live in the temperate greenhouse at Kew Gardens in England, so you'd need to grow yours indoors in PA. The growth habit is a tall, pyramidal shape, with attractive weeping branchlets, like that of a Norway Spruce. There is a specimen at Lake Maggiore, Italy that is 70 feet tall, but their ultimate height will be limited in a planter. Cypress in general require a deep, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. They are intolerant of atmospheric pollutants. Keep the soil mulched with compost and bark mulch. In greenhouse situations, they are succeptible to scale, aphids and mealybugs, so be on the watch. You can obtain plants from: Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery, 41840 S.W., ph# 503-985-3253, Fax 503-985-7177 or
Lawyer Nursery, Inc., 950 Highway 200 West, Plains, MT 59859-9706, ph#800-551-9875, Fax 406-826-5700,,,

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