Cupressus sempervirens L.

Sp. Pl. 2: 1002 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Narrow erect tree to 30 m high. Branches ascending or horizontally spreading; branchlets quadrangular, usually flattened, in 2-dimensional sprays. Leaves 0.5–2.0 mm long, green; abaxial surface ridged; lacking prominent resin gland near tip; adult leaves not dimorphic. Male cones globular, 4–8 mm long. Female cones subglobular, 25–40 mm long; scales 8–14, each with 8–20 seeds. Seeds smooth and dull.

*Gold, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Native to the east Mediterranean region. Often planted as an ornamental tree or as hedges or windbreaks. Naturalised in the western Port Phillip region, trees grow in close proximity to planted parents.   .

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-07-07
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Pinopsida
order Pinales
family Cupressaceae
genus Cupressus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cupressus sempervirens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cupressus sempervirens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Otway Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory