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Hebe cupressoides (Hook. f.) Ckn. & Allan

Modern name

Hebe cupressoides Andersen


Veronica cupressoides Hook.

A shrub usually seen 2 to 4 ft high in this country, but sometimes taller (to 6 or even 8 ft). It has a rounded, dense habit, much like that of a dwarf cypress or juniper, the branches being very much forked and subdivided, and final ramifications very slender and short (12 to 1 in. long). Branchlets about 132 in. thick, often minutely downy. Leaves on adult plants scale-like, about 116 in. long, dusty green or somewhat glaucous, glabrous except for minute hairs on the margin, rounded at the apex; they do not, as in H. hectoris and lycopodioides, completely hide the stem, although usually appressed to it; the bases of each pair are united and clasp the stem. In young plants (occasionally on odd branches of older ones), the leaves are as much as 14 in. long, narrowly oblong, ovate or somewhat obovate, and vary from entire to irregularly or pinnately lobed, pointed and distinctly stalked. Flowers pale blue, 16 in. diameter, produced three to eight together at the ends of the branches in a small head about midsummer. Bot. Mag„ t. 7348.

Native of the South Island of New Zealand; long cultivated. It is fairly hardy, and during some seasons blossoms quite freely in June and July. It is worth growing for its neat appearance and remarkable cypress-like growth.

Hebe cupressoides

Hebe cupressoides

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

† cv. ‘Boughton Dome’. – A dwarf form, making a dense, dome-shaped, spreading bush about 1 ft high. This originated as a branch-sport on a plant of H. cupressoides growing in a Scottish garden and was noticed about 1970. It was named and distributed by Lady Scott (Valerie Finnis) from Boughton Dower House, and has received a First Class Certificate after trial at Wisley. Graham Thomas tells us that some self-sown seedlings of H. cupressoides in his garden resemble ‘Boughton Dome’ in habit.



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