Cupressus macrocarpa

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Species Name: Cupressus macrocarpa
Common Name: Monterey Cypress

Picturesque tree. Best at low elevations or near the coast. Endangered in a portion of its range. Endemic to California. Rich, bright green leaves. Good as screen or specimen.

Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 30-40' H x 25' W
Growth Habit: Upright, then spreading canopy
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: List 1B/Red3-2-3
Distribution: North Coast, Monterey Peninsula
Natural Habitat: Closed-cone-pine/cypress forest. Elevation: below 100'.

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "The well known picturesque tree of the Monterey coast and especially useful for planting near the ocean. Generally used for hedges and windbreaks, but subject to the cypress fungus. Gallon cans, 35c; 5 gallon cans, $1.50. In flats of 100 plants, per flat, $1.50."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.