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Black Cypress Pine
Characteristics: Tree 10-15 m spread 3 m
Seed per packet: 20
The Black Cypress Pine typically has an erect stem with dark bark and a pyramidal shape. Dark green scale like leaves occurring in rings of three. Male catkins occur in small clusters, the female catkins are solitary, cones are globular and 2 cm across.
The cones are persistent on the tree and can hold their seeds for several years after maturity.
Endemic to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Prefers a light well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Very hardy and drought and frost resistant.
Seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, natives will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.