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Monterey Cypress
Hesperocyparis macrocarpa

About Monterey Cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey Cypress, Macrocarpa; syn. Callitropsis macrocarpa (Hartw.) D.P.Little) is a species of cypress endemic to the central coast of California. In the wild, the species is confined to two small populations, near Monterey and Carmel. These two small populations represent what was once a very large forest on the west coast. The surviving trees from this forest are as old as 2000 years. These small Cypress forest groves are protected, within Point Lobos State Reserve and Del Monte Forest. The natural habitat is noted for its cool, humid summers, almost constantly bathed by sea fog.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
59.1 - 82 ft (18 - 25 m)

Native Status
Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
10' - 4070'

Annual Precip. ?
9.4" - 54.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 1.46"

Coldest Month ?
44.8° F - 55.7° F

Hottest Month ?
57.9° F - 72.1° F

Humidity ?
0.30 vpd - 17.57 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Callitropsis macrocarpa

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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