Widdringtonia schwarzii
Common name: 
Willowmore Cedar
Pronunciation: 
wid-dring-TOH-nee-a SHWARZ-ee-eye
Family: 
Cupressaceae
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Conifer, evergreen tree, to 130 ft (40 m), but usually 55-85 ft (17-26 m) high, crown narrowly conical and compact.  Bark reddish brown, fibrous, flaking.  Juvenile leaves needle-like, 1-2 cm long and 2 mm wide, spirally arranged.  Adult leaves are scale-like, about 2-4 mm long, free tip shorter than attached base, rounded in cross section, and arranged in opposite decussate pairs.  Both sexes on the same tree.  Male pollen cones 2 mm long; female seed cones about 2.5 cm long, woody, dark brown, rough, warty scales, resinous; have black seeds.
  • Sun.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 10 (semi-tropical)      Native to South Africa (Cape Provence, Willowmore District).
  • Santa Cruz, California: U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum
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