Athrotaxis laxifolia Taxodiaceae
Tasmanian Pencil Pine, Summit Cedar ath-roh-TAKS-iss laks-i-FO-lee-ah
- Evergreen conifer, small to medium sized tree, to 30-65 ft (9-20 m) tall, conical shape, sparsely
branched, with whipcord-like branches. Leaves 4-6 mm long, awl-shaped to
lanceolate, thick, slightly diverging from the branch, apex curved inward, margin not toothed,
Pollen cones have 2 pollen sacs, 3-5 mm long. Female (seed) cones in pairs, densely clustered on ends
of short shoots, ovoid, bright yellow or pale, 1.5-3 cm. wide.
- A. laxifolia often appears intermediate between the two other species, A.
cupressoides and A. selaginoides, and there is some suspicion that it is a
a natural hybrid between the two.
- Best in full sun and well-drained soil.
- Hardy to USDA 7 Native to the mountainous region of western Tasmania.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: Dorm Quad court yard, north side.