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False Cypress (Chamaecyparis) Bonsai Tree

 

Chamaecyparis is a genus of conifers in the cypress family Cupressaceae, native to eastern Asia and western and eastern North America. In the nursery trade it is often known as "false cypress" for lack of other common name, so as to distinguish it from other similar genera bearing cypress in their common names. They are medium-sized to large evergreen trees growing from 20-70 m tall, with foliage in flat sprays. The leaves are of two types, needle-like juvenile leaves on young seedlings up to a year old, and scale-like adult leaves.

The False Cypress is a versatile outdoor bonsai tree and can be styled in many shapes. It makes a good solo or group specimen.

The False Cypress prefers full sun or partial shade. In the height of summer you should protect the bonsai from drying out and position in semi-shaded area if required.

False Cypress bonsai require a lot of water in summer. You should never let this bonsai dry out. Feed the bonsai every two weeks during the growing season with a general purpose fertiliser.

False Cypress bonsai tolerates most soil types. Repot young trees every one or two years. Remove between 20% to 30% of the root mass.

False Cypress has a delicate bark so be careful if you choose to wire your bonsai. Check the wire regularly so that it does not bite into tree. False Cypress does respond well to pruning and can easily be shaped in many forms.

 

 

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