Callitris columellaris – White Cypress-pine

An attractive small tree, this native conifer is hardy and low maintenance. Upright in habit with spreading branches, its dense dark green foliage and clusters of cones make it a highly ornamental tree year round, ideal for garden or landscape use.Excellent for screening and hedges, it will perform best in full sun but tolerates light shade. It also produces quality timber which is resistant to fungal and termite invasion and is used for construction, fencing and telegraph poles. Drought resistant once established, it can be grown in any soil type. Water regularly to establish in dry and poor soils.

Scientific Name:Callitris columellaris
Common Name:White Cypress-pine
Other Common Names:Murray River Cypress-pine, Northern Cypress-pine
Plant Type:Small tree
Height:4 ~ 12 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Brown
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Column-shaped
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.