Cupressus goveniana ssp. pigmaea

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Species Name: Cupressus goveniana ssp. pigmaea
Common Name: Pygmy Cypress

A rare and remarkable tree. Grows as a dwarf in its native sterile soil, but becomes a vigorous, conical tree from 30-150 feet high in good soil.

Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 3-6'H (sterile soil); 30-150' H (rich soil)
Growth Habit: Variable
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Variable
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Distribution: Mendocino and Sonoma Co.
Natural Habitat: Steril soils in closed-cone pine/cypress forests, coastal terraces below 1500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "In its native habitat along the Mendocino County Coast, often a mere shrub, but under favorable conditions growing into a fair sized tree. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names

Referred to as the Mendocino Cypress in the 1941 Payne catalog.