Mourning Cypress, Chinese Weeping Cypress
Cupressus funebris

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cupressus (koo-PRESS-us) (Info)
Species: funebris (fun-EE-briss) (Info)
Synonym:Chamaecyparis funebris

Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Davis, California

Plant City, Florida

Vici, Oklahoma

Charleston, South Carolina

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 6, 2011, radaki from Vici, OK wrote:

I have this tree,Chinese Weeping Cypress,growing in my yard.The tree is 50 ft. tall,single trunk turning to multi-trunk,the branches are very pendulus ,some weep 10 ft.with loops.The age is unknown,also have a Sawara cypress as tall,probablt planted at the same time.

Positive

On Oct 25, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

There are some specimens growing here in Rio de Janeiro. This tree has characteristic pendant branches, covered with blue green scaly leaves, that give it a sad looking - thus the name "Mourning Cypress". These branches wave with the wind, which gives it an even more mysterious looking. A beautiful tree.

It can be planted on moderately acidic soil. Once established, let the rain do its job on watering. It likes full sun, and tolerates frosts and occasional snow.