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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

Towards commercialising cypress as a high-value plantation forest species
March 2017

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 and Information Leaflets

Debate about cypress management

A personal view of Leyland cypress

Floating golden cypress

Instability in lusitanica – a learning curve

Are we still planting cypresses on the right site?

Hybrid cypresses – a future plantation option

Macrocarpa – keeping faith with the old faithful

Milling cypresses and the marketing challenge

Comparing the wood properties of cypress species

Research Archives

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

Cypress species and planting trials


Trees on Farms Videos


Why should industry invest in cypresses and cypress research?

A contract prepared for the cypress working group with the assistance of FIDA January 2008
(PDF file, 952 kb)

Other sources of information


Author/source Date 

Summary of contents and
key words 

Available from 



Link to

The Cypress growers Handbook: Growing Quality Timber 

Stephen Brailsford 

A practical grower’s guide produced by a Canterbury farm forester/adviser. 

A fore-runner to the cypress handbook. 

May be hard to source 



Brailsford (1995)




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