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Monterey Cypress Cupressus macrocarpa


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Family: Cupressaceae, Cypress view all from this family

Description Medium-sized evergreen tree. Crown often irregular and flat-topped a result of the strong winds. Foliage bright green in dense sprays. Leaves scale-like, 2-5 mm. long, and produced on rounded shoots; seedlings up to a year old have needle-like leaves 4-8 mm. long. Cones globose to oblong, 20-40 mm. long, with 6-14 scales, green ripening to brown. Pollen cones 3-5 mm long, and release pollen in late winter or early spring.

Dimensions Height: 18-24 m. (60-80 ft.)
Diameter: 0.6 m.-1.2 m. (2 -4 ft.).

Habitat Beaches & shorelines.

Range California.

Discussion Foliage slightly toxic to livestock and can cause miscarriages in cattle. Sawn logs used, by many craftspeople, some boat builders and small manufacturers, as a furniture structural material and a decorative wood because of its fine colours. Fast, hot burning, albeit sparky firewood. Widely cultivated away from its native range, both elsewhere along the California coast, and in other areas with similar cool summer, mild winter oceanic climates. It is a popular private garden and public landscape tree in California.