70809Plants are usually well suited to the climates that they are native to. Glaucous (slightly reflective grayish) foliage is more common in harsh climates where darker green foliage might get cooked by the sun. Pendulous growth is more common among plants that want to shed heavy snow efficiently. Kashmir cypress, Cupressus cashmeriana, has both, but is from a tropical monsoonal climate.

It is a stately tree that can eventually get taller than fifty feet. Within its native range in the eastern Himalaya, old trees can get three times as tall! Limber stems might hang downward several feet. The minute scale leaves are neatly set on limber stems arranged in flat sprays, similar to, but more defined than those of arborvitae. Foliage is silvery grayish green, and perhaps slightly bluish.

Mature trees do not need much water, but would probably be happier if watered occasionally through summer. Kashmir cypress is unfortunately susceptible to the same diseases and insects that afflict Leyland cypress. That is a serious risk to consider before planting prominent specimens. Incidentally, Kashmir cypress is also known as Bhutan cypress, and is the national tree of Bhutan.

4 thoughts on “Kashmir Cypress

    1. The diseases would be a problem, or the watering? Leyland cypress was overly popular for a while, but the popularity did not last long. They are uncommon now because so many were killed by disease, and few new specimens get planted.

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  1. The diseases! We bought a home once that had at least 15+ Leyland cypresses along the property line. They died slowly one by one from disease or being blown over in hurricanes. I wouldn’t want another tree like that.

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    1. I did not become acquainted with the tree until I was in college. There was a long row of them near Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County in about 1986 when I first went to Beverly Hills (in the Los Angeles Region). they were so well matched and uniform. One started to look icky right in the middle at about that time. The two on either side of it were looking icky the following year. Within five years, the entire row as NASTY, and eventually removed.

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