Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: Phyllocladus trichomanoides var. alpinus
Started by: christopher lilley
A species of conifer in the Podocarpoceae family from New Zealand, commonly called Alpine Celery Pine. This is a hardy evergreen shrub, very slow to grow in Britain, bearing small reddish male cones in bundles during summer. I purchased this plant circa 1Go to latest contribution by christopher lilley, 22 January 2013, 15:24. Go to bottom of this page.
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Many thanks for that picture of Phyllocladus - it is a most intriguing plant and lives up to the description Lazenby gave of it in the Bulletin. There is a beautiful specimen of a tender species, P. hypophyllus - much larger and with blue foliage - at Glasnevin Botanic Garden, in the same glasshouse as a wonderful collection of Vireya rhododendrons, but that's the only other species I've seen.
I got carried away with the 'brief comments' hence the unfinished words! This plant was purchased circa 10 years ago from Steve Furness, Calver, Derbyshire. I recall him telling me there are male and female plants and both produce cones. This plant is still in a 19cm pot and is now 23cm high.