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Members of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have been growing cypress for many decades and have valuable experience to share. We recommend you join NZFFA and the Cypress Development Group, get involved with your local NZFFA branch, and visit some local growers to learn more about growing cypresses for timber.

Practical information for growers

Growing Cypresses for Timber - Videos and Information

NZFFA Guide Sheet No. 4: The Cypresses

Growing cypresses for timber (leaflet)

Research Reports

Cypress Handbook:
Best Practice with Farm Forestry Timber Species No. 1: CYPRESSES

Editor: Ian Nicholas

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Timber properties and market
Chapter 3 - Siting and land use options
Chapter 4 - Health
Chapter 5 - Seed source, breeding and propagation
Chapter 6 - Establishment and management options
Chapter 7 - Pruning and thinning
Chapter 8 - Cypress growth model and example regimes
Chapter 9 - Economic analysis
Chapter 10 - Utilisation
Chapter 11 and 12 - Summary, references and web links


Treegrower Articles

  • Comparing the wood properties of cypress species
    Charlie Low New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006 Cypress species have been grown in New Zealand for many years as a substitute for native timbers. The development of portable sawmills…
  • Milling cypresses and the marketing challenge
    Don Tantrum New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006 I have been selecting, propagating, growing and managing cypresses for over 25 years including everything from controlled pollination to milling. We now…
  • Macrocarpa – keeping faith with the old faithful
    Denis Hocking New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006 In the first part of this issue of Tree Grower we are featuring articles covering some of the varying species and clones…
  • Hybrid cypresses – a future plantation option
    Patrick Milne New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006 Cypresses have been one of the most popular species advocated and planted over the last 20 years to compliment radiata forestry. This…
  • Are we still planting cypresses on the right site?
    Patrick Milne New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006 There is increasing interest in cypresses as alternative softwood species for plantation forestry in New Zealand. While cypresses as a whole will…
  • Instability in lusitanica - a learning curve
    Ian Brown, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005, I am a fan of cypress, and have been growing them with variable success for 25 years. What I have referred to as…
  • Floating golden cypress
    Derrick Rooney, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005. Last year, the news broke that a previously unknown species of conifer had been found among the remnants of moist karst forest in…
  • A personal view of Leyland cypress
    Ian Brown, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. My interest in Leyland cypress goes back to 1980, when my brother Richard and I bought 400 Leighton Green cuttings from Joll Hosking…
  • Debate about cypress management
    Allan Levett & Don Tantrum, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. This article presents a short debate about cypress management with contributions from Allan Levett and Don Tantrum Allan Levett’s views…

Research Archives

The Cypress Development Group are archiving research trials, to gain access you need to be a CDG member:

Cypress species and planting trials


Trees on Farms Videos


Other sources of information

The Cypress Growers Handbook: Growing Quality Timber 
Brailsford, S. (1995). Christchurch, NZ: Brailsford Forest Management Ltd. 
A practical grower’s guide produced by a Canterbury farm forester/adviser. A fore-runner to the cypress handbook. 


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