Blue Mountains of south eastern Australia up until 1996 it was thought to have been extinct and was only found in fossils.
Slender and columnar.
Long, narrow and flexible in 2 comb-like rows, at the top of the crown they are short, broad and rigid in 4 rows, all directed upward.
Globular female cone, cylindrical male cones.
Bark / Trunk:
Bark features many spongy nodules; on young stems it peels in thin reddish brown scales.
Vigour / Longevity:
Slow growing, over 100 years.
Deep moist sandstone canyon.
Grows well in most climates of Australia.
Soil / Drainage:
Sandy well drained soils, be careful of waterlogged soil.
Prune to maintain shape.
Keep soil moist but do not overwater.
Once a year with a general slow release fertiliser.
Pests / Diseases:
Fungal infection can occur especially Phytophthora.
Large gardens and parks as interesting feature tree. The unusual foliage type stands out amongst most trees as the foliage is like no other tree. Highly sought after by the world’s botanical gardens due to its rarity.
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