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Sargent's Cypress
Hesperocyparis sargentii
About Sargent's Cypress (Hesperocyparis sargentii) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cupressus sargentii is a species of conifer in the Cupressaceae family known by the common name Sargent's cypress. It is endemic to California, where it is known from Mendocino county southwards to Santa Barbara county. This taxon is limited to the Coast Range mountains. Like Mcnab Cypress, it is one of the most widespread of the California Cypresses. It grows in forests with other conifers, as well as chaparral and other local mountain habitat, usually in pure stands on serpentine soils. It generally grows 10 to 15 meters tall, but it is known to exceed 22 meters. On Carson Ridge in Marin County, as well as Hood Mountain in Sonoma County, the species comprises a pygmy forest of trees which do not attain heights greater than 8-12 feet due to high serpentine concentrations in the soil.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

32.8 - 66 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 6 likely * ) SHOW ALL
Digrammia napensis Image
Digrammia napensisDigrammia napensis
Eupithecia macrocarpata Image
Eupithecia macrocarpataEupithecia macrocarpata
Epinotia subviridis Image
Epinotia subviridisEpinotia subviridis
Epinotia hopkinsana Image
Epinotia hopkinsanaEpinotia hopkinsana

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Butterfly Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
3, 6, 7*, 14, 15, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 18.6" - 87.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 1.91", Coldest Month: 41.2" - 50.7", Hottest Month: 63.7" - 76.2", Humidity: 0.69" - 23.75", Elevation: 172" - 4062"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Cupressus sargentii
Common Names: Sargent 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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