Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden

Callitris baileyi 

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - July

Common name Bailey’s cypress pine
Scientific name Callitris baileyi
Family  Cupressaceae

Genus: Greek kalos, beauty; the second element ‘tris’  has been attributed to several possibilities.

Species: after Frederick Manson Bailey (8 March 1827 - 25 June 1915), a botanist active in Australia, who made valuable contributions to the characterisation of the flora of Queensland.

Distribution A rare species known from sporadic occurrences in the ranges of the north-eastern Darling Downs of southern Queensland and the tablelands of north-eastern New South Wales.
Native habitat Grows on rocky slopes, hilly or mountainous areas, in shallow and often clay soils. It is found in eucalypt woodland, commonly associated with ironbark, blue gum and spotted gum. The New South Wales population occurs in an open grassy eucalypt forest near a creek.
Description A slender tree growing to a height of 18 m with rough greyish bark, and green foliage. Male and female cones occur on the same tree.
Flowering/fruiting Fruiting has been recorded all year round.


Can be found in the Connections Garden in Beds 1 and 4b, also in the Callitris Grove.


The columnar growth of this species makes it an excellent choice for a large formal garden or as an avenue planting especially in coastal districts. It requires well-drained soil and appreciates additional watering during dry periods.

Listed as Endangered in both Queensland and New South Wales.

Scientists of the National Herbarium of New South Wales are sequencing this species’ DNA as part of an international conifer project.

Not commercially available.