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Mountain Cedar

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Also known as

Mountain Cypress, Bergcypress, Cape Cypress, Sapree-Wood

Widdringtonia nodiflora - Kirstenbosch Cape Town 2 by Abu Shawka (CC0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size






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Widdringtonia nodiflora tree
Widdringtonia nodiflora
Male cones
Green female cones
Ripe female cones opening

Mountain Cedar Overview

The Mountain cypress is an indigenous, evergreen, multi-stemmed shrub/tree with a columnar crown. Burnt trees usually resprout from the base after a fire. The tree is an exceptional substitute for the pine tree, is also water-wise, not a fierce competitor with other plants and has a pine-like shape.

Common problems with Mountain Cedar

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Mountain Cedar

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Mountain Cedar


    Sow seeds in autumn in a well-drained, sandy soil. Use coarse river sand or a 1:1 mixture of compost and river sand. Germination takes about 3 weeks.

    Special features of Mountain Cedar

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in containers until they become too large.

    Drought resistant

    This is a water wise plant.

    Other uses of Mountain Cedar

    The durable timber makes attractive silver-grey roofing shingles. Furniture and panelling. Bonsai