Dacrydium cupressinum / Rimu

Dacrydium cupressinum, first described by Solander ex G. Forst. in 1786, is commonly known as Rimu or historically is Red pine.

Description. Rimu is a slow-growing evergreen coniferous tree in the Podocarpaceae family, eventually attaining a height of up to 150 feet (50 m) tall, although most surviving large trees are 60 to 100 feet (20 - 35 m) tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, awl-shaped, up to 0.3 inch (7 mm) long on juvenile plants; and 0.1 inch (2 - 3 mm) long on mature trees. The tree is dioecious, with male and female cones on separate trees; the seeds requiring 15 months to mature after pollination. The mature seed cones comprise a swollen red fleshy scale one-third of an inch (6 -10 mm) long bearing one (rarely two) apical seeds.

Distribution. This species Rimu is native throughout New Zealand, on the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island/Rakiura. Although the largest concentration of trees is now found on the west coast of the South Island, the biggest trees tend to be in mixed podocarp forest near Taupo (the Pureora, Waihaha, and Whirinaki Forests).

Of all the New Zealand conifers, this is probably the one you are most likely to find growing as an ornamental tree outside of New Zealand.

Attribution from: Widipedia, the Free Encyclopedia

Dacrydium cupressinum — a closeup of foliage.
Photo by activeadventures.com/newzealand
Dacrydium cupressinum — at Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco, CA.
Photo by Talon Buchholz
ACS members Sara Malone, Lenny Oddo and Martha Church with Dacrydium cuppressinum at Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, CA.
Photo by Jan LeCocq

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