Widdringtonia schwarzii Cupressaceae
Willowmore Cedar wid-dring-TOH-nee-a SHWARZ-ee-eye
- Conifer, evergreen tree, to 130 ft (40 m), but usually 55-85 ft (17-26 m) high, crown narrowly conical
and compact. Bark reddish brown, fibrous, flaking. Juvenile leaves needle-like, 1-2 cm
long and 2 mm wide; adult leaves scale-like, about 2-4 mm long, free tip shorter than attached base, rounded
in cross section. Both sexes on the same tree. Male pollen cones 2 mm long; female seed
cones about 2.5 cm long, woody, dark brown, rough, warty scales, resinous; have black seeds.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 10 (semi-tropical) Native to South Africa (Cape
Provence, Willowmore District).
- Santa Cruz, California: U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum