Callitris_glaucophylla.JPG (214866 bytes)Callitris glaucophylla: is known as the White Cypress Pine and is a member of the Cupressaceae family. Aboriginal people know the species as Karapaarr.
The White Cypress Pine is a tall tree that may reach a height of 20 metres. The single trunk has rough, furrowed bark. The foliage is bluish-grey.
In common with all Conifers, both native and exotic, this species has both male and female cones. The female cones contain a number of almost rectangular seeds and are about 20 millimetres in diameter (see image).
Callitris glaucophylla is a handsome tree with attractive foliage. There are 17 native Callitris species and most of these, including the White Cypress Pine, could be cultivated instead of exotic Conifers. Callitris are faster growing and certainly more drought resistant than their exotic cousins.
The White Cypress Pine could be grown as a “stand alone” specimen. Try growing three close together to create an eye-catching landscape feature. The species could also be incorporated in wind breaks and shelter belts.
Callitris glaucophylla occurs in all mainland states and may grow as either isolated individuals or in extensive forests.
The Pilliga Scrub, in New South Wales , is home to a huge population. Callitris glaucophylla is logged and yields a valuable termite-resistant timber.
Propagate from seed.