Mexican white cedar, or Cupressus lusitanica, was possibly the first New World conifer brought to Europe, having been planted in Portugal (formerly the Roman province of Lusitania) by 1634, and in England by 1682. Drought-tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping, it is increasingly popular in those areas where water is becoming more precious. However, it should not be regarded simply as a tree for arid regions. This lovely conifer thrives along the American Gulf Coast, an area which often gets over 70 inches of rain annually, as well as in the cool dampness of England. This is true versatility.

Mexican White Cedar has soft blue green foliage and can grow to over a hundred feet, though it rarely gets anywhere close to those heights in a garden setting. The variety 'Glauca Pendula', a weeping form, is perhaps even more attractive than the standard. If you would like something beautiful and unique, the Mexican White Cedar would be a good choice. The only drawback is that it might be hard to find as it's not likely to be in most nurseries but it is available some specialty mail-order nurseries.

Mexican white cedar


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