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As observed in cultivation, this fir has cones greatly variable in color – from green to purplish- or blue-gray. The length and color of the bracts are also variable. Most commonly the cones are dark gray with some level of bluish tint as shown in this specimen photographed in the arboretum of the Polish Institute of Dendrology (Kórnik).
Wild populations of this well-known cypress are not commonly seen. One has to travel to Crete or a few other Aegean islands, or certain places in Turkey, to mention some better known locations. When we were on our 2010 trip to Turkey and made a brief detour to enter Dilek Peninsula, we did not expect to see it.
Despite its name, most populations of this distinctive juniper are found in southern Asia Minor (Turkey) and only smaller stands or scattered individuals in Lebanon and Syria. One outlying population is also present in Europe – on southern (mainland) Greece, very briefly discussed below.
During a visit to China many years ago we documented a cultivated plant of Torreya jackii for our Dendrological Atlas project. It was more than clear that this is a most distinctive species not only in the genus, but also in comparison with a broader circle of conifers.
Rare in cultivation, this young tree of /Picea engelmannii /subsp. /mexicana /is cultivated at Forstgarten Tharandt, Germany.
The only temperate-zone species of the genus, this Araucaria is amongst the most unique species of all conifers. Found in the scenic environments of southern Chile and Argentina, it is quite often associated with showy volcanoes and forms strikingly interesting open stands or thick forests, usually with species of Nothofagus.