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Baker's Cypress
Hesperocyparis bakeri
  
About Baker's Cypress (Hesperocyparis bakeri) 3 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cupressus bakeri, the Modoc Cypress, Siskiyou Cypress or Baker Cypress, is a species of cypress native to the United States, in a restricted area of northern California (Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta and Plumas Counties) and southwest Oregon (very localized in Josephine and Jackson Counties). It is usually found in small, scattered populations, not in large forests, at altitudes of 900-2000 meter. It is a medium-sized evergreen tree with a conic crown, growing to heights of 10-25 meter (exceptionally to 39 meter), and a trunk diameter of up to 0.5 meter (exceptionally to 1 meter). The foliage grows in sparse, usually pendulous sprays, varying from dull gray-green to waxy pale blue-green in color. The leaves are scale-like, 2-5 millimeter long, and produced on rounded (not flattened) shoots. The seed cones are globose to oblong, 10-25 millimeter long, with 6 or 8 (rarely 4 or 10) scales, green to brown at first, maturing gray or gray-brown about 20-24 months after pollination. The cones often remain closed for several years, only opening after the parent tree is killed in a wildfire, thereby allowing the seeds to colonize the bare ground exposed by the fire. The male cones are 3-5 millimeter long, and release pollen in February-March.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree

Size
Size
32.8 - 98 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3*, 4, 5, 6*, 7*, 10, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 23

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 13.2" - 62.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.98" - 2.47", Coldest Month: 33.8" - 40.0", Hottest Month: 57.6" - 64.8", Humidity: 1.46" - 18.27", Elevation: 3580" - 6476"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Callitropsis bakeri,Cupressus bakeri
Common Names: Modoc Cypress


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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