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Macnab's Cypress
Hesperocyparis macnabiana
  
About Macnab's Cypress (Hesperocyparis macnabiana) 10 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cupressus macnabiana (MacNab Cypress or Shasta Cypress) is a species of cypress endemic to northern California. It is one of the most widely distributed of all the native California cypresses, found growing in chaparral, oak woodlands and coniferous woodlands along the inner northern Coast Ranges and the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree, 3-12 meter (rarely to 17 meter) tall, with a spreading crown that is often broader than it is tall. The foliage is produced in dense, short flat sprays (unlike most other California cypresses, which do not have flattened sprays), bright waxy pale gray-green in color, with a strong spicy-resinous scent. The leaves are scale-like, 1-2 millimeter long with an acute tip, and a conspicuous white resin gland on the center of the leaf. Young seedlings produce needle-like leaves up to 10 millimeter long in their first year.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree

Size
Size
9.8 - 39.4 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates sand and clay often with a rocky substrate

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Deer Resistant

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4, 5, 6, 7*, 14, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19, 20, 21*, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes and flats

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 13.2" - 65.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.24" - 1.47", Coldest Month: 33.8" - 52.1", Hottest Month: 60.5" - 78.6", Humidity: 1.16" - 24.33", Elevation: 1" - 4728"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Cupressus macnabiana
Common Names: Mcnab's 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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