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Cunninghamia Genus

Chinese fir

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Cunninghamia genus (Chinese fir). This genus consists of conical pyramidal tall trees. The conifers have stiff, springy curved glossy leaves which taper to prickly points. As in most conifers there are woody fruits called cones and needle-like leaves.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Conifers or Trees

Origin

China and Taiwan

Interest and use

Gardens

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

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.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem; young plants are more susceptible.

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