The Cypress's

The Cypress family contains a large number of species and cultivars of those species. As with all conifers they will do better in a more open, grittier soil than their deciduous counterparts.


Probably the most famous, or infamous depending on your point of view is the Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii). This  cross, or rather crosses occured firstly as a hybrid between Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis (male) and Cupressus Macrocarpa (female) in 1888. Then the reverse cross was noted in 1911.

The tree grows rapidly and is often the cause of boundry disputes between neighbours, as it tries to reach the 100' + height it's capable of.

This section concentrates on the Swamp Cypress (Taxodium Disticium).

Native to the southern USA, but now commonly available elsewhere. The Swamp cypress is actually a close relative of the redwoods

Mature Swamp Cypress will put up air roots. This seems to be a reaction to the conditions they grow in in the wild, with their roots constantly in water. This is unlikely to happen in a bonsai pot.

Pnumataphores (Air roots)

 

Allen. C. Roffey 21:27 04/02/2003Sunday, August 5, 2018 8:37