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Santa Cruz Cypress
Hesperocyparis abramsiana
About Santa Cruz Cypress (Hesperocyparis abramsiana) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cupressus abramsiana (Santa Cruz cypress) is a rare North American species of trees in the cypress family. It is endemic to the Santa Cruz Mountains of Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties in west-central California. When cypresses were discovered in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1881, they were first identified as Cupressus goveniana, but Jepson (1909) considered them to be Cupressus sargentii. In a detailed analysis, Wolf (1948) concluded it was a distinct species, naming it after L. R. Abrams, Emeritus Professor of Botany at Stanford University.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

19.7 - 49.2 ft tall

Landscaping Information

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 49.4" - 59.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.51" - 0.56", Coldest Month: 48.1" - 48.5", Hottest Month: 67.9" - 68.6", Humidity: 3.53" - 15.84", Elevation: 1624" - 2475"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Callitropsis abramsiana

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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