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Most cypress aficionados would consider the Kashmir cypress to be the most beautiful and graceful of all cypresses and perhaps of all conifers. What sets this cypress apart from all others is its lovely blue foliage that hangs languidly from the branches with the same grace as a weeping willow. But unlike a willow, the Kashmir cypress holds its foliage year round. Not only is it beautiful but, in the right conditions, it is fast growing, reaching at least 20 feet in the first 10 years. It is a stunning lawn specimen and being evergreen also serves the practical use as a screen or barrier.

Kashmir cypress has a broadly conical, relaxed growth habit, meaning it is less rigid and upright than most cypresses. The foliage, in addition to it glaucous-blue beauty, is very aromatic, and hangs in pendulous, flat sprays. As the tree matures the weeping form becomes more pronounced and elegant. The fruit are small, round, marble-shaped cones that ripen to a rich coppery brown color. Kashmir cypress will quickly become the center-piece in any garden and is sure to attract comment.

There has been a great deal of upheaval in the classification of this and many other cypresses. The New World cypresses have been reclassified Callitropsis. And the common name for this species is often called Bhutan cypress, or Cashmir cypress and then sometimes Cupressus funebris and Cupressus torulosa are also known as Kashmir cypress. Despite the confusion, Cupressus cashmeriana is a weeping, Old World cypress, medium-sized to large tree eventually reaching 75 tall in cultivation. It prefers warm, rich soil with high organic content, and is tolerant of both wet or dry conditions, full sun to light shade. Unfortunately, it is not adapted to cold winters. For those climates, the beautiful Nootka cypress, Callitropsis nootkatensis, is a good choice. Kashmir cypress will do well across the southern half of the US, the southern UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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