Cupressus macnabiana Murr.

MacNab's Cypress

Generally a small tree to 8 m or so tall, shrubby in nature, widespreading. Bark grey, fibrous. New growth fragrant when crushed, dark green to waxy blue. Branchlets finely divided into sprays that are flattened in part. Leaves small, blunt and closely packed together. Cones often in dense clusters, more or less round, about 2 cm wide and sometimes slightly waxy grey; scales 6-8 with pronounced conical points. Seed brown, sometimes dark and waxy grey with a few warty resin glands.

Grows naturally as a shrub on dry, rocky hillsides and in canyons. Rare in cultivation in south-eastern Australia.


Leaves blunt; sprays of several flattened units arranged at different angles but not pendulous; cones in clusters, the scales with pronounced conical points.

ACT: Yarralumla (entrance to Government House). VIC: Geelong (Eastern Park, 2 mature trees); Colac (Bot. Gds); Maroondah (Dam, large tree with widespreading branches on slopes righthand side approaching dam); Riddells Creek (Public Gds, Walter J. Smith Reserve).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cupressaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Cupressaceae
genus       Cupressus L.