Category: Tree - Evergreen
Zones: 9b? to 11
Size: To 120' tall
Narrow, conical form, often has a lean to one side or an S curve in the trunk. Exfoliating bark. Juvenile and mature leaves have a different appearance, the juvenile leaves being needle-like and the mature ones scale-like.
Native to the southwestern Pacific, New Caledonia (Isle of Pines, Loyalty Island). First discovered by Captain Cook on his second voyage around the globe.
Published in Bot. Mag. 78: 4635 in 1852.
Basionym: Cupressus columnaris G.Forst.
Synonym: Dombeya excelsa Lamb. - published in Desc. Pinus
...first discovered by Captain Cook in his second voyage round the globe, on that extremity of New Caledonia, called Queen Charlotte's Foreland, and on a small neighbouring island, named by Captain Cook Botany Island, which is a mere sand bank, only three-fourths of a mile in circuit; also on another island, called by our voyagers the Isle of Pines, from its being almost covered with the above-mentioned tree.