callitris

#944 - Callitris endlicheri - Black Cypress

A native conifer. Apparently it’s not uncommon, but the area around The Rock is the only place I’ve seen them growing so thickly. That might be because s it prefers ridges, plateaux, hills and tablelands, and is usually found on relatively shallow stony soils, often on steep slopes. That was certainly the case here.

Black Cypress has been successfully cultivated overseas, particularly in African countries, where despite initial slow growth and vulnerability to fires it is valued for its durability and termite resistance, and has been used as fencing, flooring, panelling, furniture, charcoal and fuel-wood.

The Rock, NSW