Keele University Arboretum
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Sawara Cypress Chaemaecyparis pisifera
This tree is a native of Japan and was introduced to Britain in 1861. Its latin name means "pea-bearing" and derives from its wrinkled pea-like cones. It is often mistaken for Lawson Cypress but, unlike that species, it has red stringy bark and finer foliage with incurved points. The crushed foliage has a strong resinous scent. The cultivars are much commoner in collections than the species.
At Keele : We only have several specimens of the form 'Plumosa' including one at the side of Lennard-Jones Laboratory square K7; compartment 39a; tag 3664.