Cupressus lusitanica Mill.

Mexican Pine, Cedar of Goa

Photo credit: Original from Descr. Pinus courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library - (provided by Missouri Botanical Garden) modified to provide labels.

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Cupressus

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Size: 70 to 100' tall

Exposure: Sun


Rich brown, peeling bark. gray-green foliage. Cones are <1".


Native to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. Cultivated since 1682.

Published in Gard. Dict. ed. 8 3 in 1768. Also published in Desc. Pinus 1: t.42 p.95 App in 1803 (and in ed.3 581 in 1832) Although we are informed in the Hortus Kewensis, from Ray's Letters, that this tree was cultivated in England so long ago as the year 1683, yet it is still very scarce; nor have I met with it any where but at White Knights, where there are several young trees of it now in a very flourishing state...


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