Dacrydium cupressinum Sol. ex G.Forst.

Red Pine

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

Family: Podocarpaceae

Genus: Dacrydium

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Size: 75 to 100' tall

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Shade


Conical tree with arching branches and a weeping habit. Hillier describes it as a good conservatory specimen in England.


Native to New Zealand.

Published in Pl. Esc. 80 in 1786. Also published in Desc. Pinus 1: t.41 p.93 App in 1803 (and in ed.3 #68 in 1832) This tree, as I am informed by Mr. Archibald Menzies, forms large forests in the south-west parts of New Zeeland. Captain Vancouver, who cut down several of these trees to refit his vessel, found the timber solid and close-grained, very much resembling the Bermudas cedar.

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