Dacrydium cupressinum

Dacrydium cupressinum photographed at Ellersley Racecourse, Auckland, New Zealand

Dacrydium cupressinum is an evergreen tree that grows to 60–100 ft (18–30 m) in New Zealand, where it is called rimu, or red pine. The leaves are small, and closely overlap the drooping branches; the stringy bark peels off in long flakes. It is common in lowland and mountain forests in the North, South and Stewart Islands.

Dacrydium cupressinum is not fully hardy in the UK, but worthwhile growing a container outside in the summer. Rimu is a valuable timber tree in New Zealand.

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