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Cunninghamia lanceolata

8th October 2010

I cut down a row of Pine trees that had been sheltering the garden for years - they were becoming too large to be effective - and I did it with some trepidation. It opened up a wonderful offortunity to plant some new things. I have been looking at Cunninghamia lanceolata in other gardens for years and it is good to get a chance to grow one of my own, I find these odd spiky conifers quite charming.
It comes from China, Vietnam and Laos where it is a valuable timber tree. In the UK it is occasionally grown as an ornamental. Given time and space it can make a towering pyramid of spikiness.
Mine will be a small shrubby blob for a few years yet. Planting it was a seriously prickly job and I was amazed when the lower branches were stripped off by the rabbits. Now it has a little fence to keep it safe. Let us assume for a moment that I can see into the future and tell you that by 2013 it has tripled in size and become denser and greener (and not admit that it has taken me three years to get around to this write-up)!