The indigenous Widdringtonia nodiflora is locally found from the south-western Cape to Kwa-Zulu Natal and parts of Zimbabwe. Growing to a height of 5 to 7 m, this evergreen tree is a very popular conifer for use in a formal garden when young. As the tree matures, lower branches can be trimmed and used indoor as a faux Christmas tree.
The Mountain cedars’ appearance is probably the closest to the traditional Christmas tree ‘look’. This large shrub or small tree has a conical shape and the leaves are needle-like and spiralling. The foliage is light green, becoming darker as the tree matures. Cones that carry seeds appear on the tree, ripening towards autumn although some cones may be found in different stages of development on the tree, all year round.
This slow grower is frost hardy and drought resistant with a non-invasive root system. The tree is highly ornamental and will happily grow in a container until it has to be transplanted.