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Widdringtonia schwarzii

Common names: Willowmore Cedar (E); Baviaanskloofseder (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree
A large evergreen tree with a dense conical crown of dark green needle-like foliage.

Widdringtonia schwarzii

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

AVERAGE SIZE:

15m x 4m

Widdringtonia schwarzii

DESCRIPTION

A large evergreen tree with a dense conical crown of dark green needle-like foliage. The trunk is reddish-grey, think and flaking. It bears small male and female cones with rough warty valves.

LANDSCAPING USES
This is a protected tree in South Africa and is an attractive ornamental tree for a large garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest
FOLIAGE
BARK

2 Responses

  1. Hi Hanlie

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Definition of a living fossil: “an organism (such as a horseshoe crab or a ginkgo tree) that has remained essentially unchanged from earlier geologic times and whose close relatives are usually extinct”. (Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/living%20fossil)

    This should probably be addressed to a botanist. In my opinion, it doesn’t quite meet the definition as it has at least one other relative, the critically endangered Widdringtonia-cedarbergensis.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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