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Hesperocyparis macrocarpa

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Cupressus lambertiana
  • Cupressus macrocarpa
Phonetic Spelling
hes-per-oh-SY-pair-iss ma-kro-KAR-pa
Description

Monterey Cypress is a long-lived needled evergreen tree with fragrant leaves..

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Susceptible to borers.  Armillaria, Phytophthora, root rot, and coryneum canker are disease problems.  Litter from cones can be messy.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Goldcrest', 'Golden Pillar'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#windbreak#needled evergreen#long lifespan#coastal areas#nesting sites#evergreen tree#food source fall
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Goldcrest', 'Golden Pillar'
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#windbreak#needled evergreen#long lifespan#coastal areas#nesting sites#evergreen tree#food source fall
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hesperocyparis
    Species:
    macrocarpa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    U.S.A., California
    Wildlife Value:
    Small mammals enjoy seeds from cones in the fall, birds nest in the tree.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Conical
    Erect
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits, brown cones.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
    Scaly
    Bark Description:
    Dark gray or red brown, furrowed or scaly
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Salt
    Problems:
    Messy