King William Pine
Herb: King William Pine
Latin name: Athrotaxis selaginoides
Synonyms: Athrotaxis gunneana, Cunninghamia selaginoides
Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of King William Pine:Cool rainforests where snowfall is quite common in winter and rainfall is 1.5 - 2 metres per year.
Other uses of the herb:Wood - very durable, easily worked. A softwood with a pleasant cedar scent, it is highly valued for many uses.
Propagation of King William Pine:Seed - sow February/March in a cool greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 7 - 10cm long in early autumn (October), in sandy soil in a cold frame. Leave for 12 months.
Cultivation of the herb:Cool rainforests where snowfall is quite common in winter and rainfall is 1.5 - 2 metres per year.
Medicinal use of King William Pine:None known
Known hazards of Athrotaxis selaginoides:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.