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Chamaecyparis genus (Cypress). The conifers are distinguished from other trees and shrubs by producing seeds which are exposed on the scales of fruits called cones. They have flattened sprays of overlapping scale-like leaves. Cypresses are grown as specimen trees and hedging and there are a large number of cultivars.
N.America, Taiwan, Japan
They are tolerant of chalky soils but grow best in moist but well drained neutral to slightly acid soil. If the conifer produces more than one leader, to maintain the general conical habit remove all but one leader. To restrict the height of the plant, the leader can be cut back.
Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true). Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.
Aphids, honey fungus may be a problem where young plants are more susceptible.
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