Leaves: The tiny scaled leaves, which wrap around branchlets, are gray-green with gland dots that produce a white resin.
Cones:1/2 - 1", round with 6 or 8 scales, each with an erect conic point. The cones often remain closed until a wildfire releases the seeds.
Bark: The brown bark is furrowed on large trunks.
Where it grows: Foothills of northern California. Also found at two locations in southwest Oregon ( on the map).
Names: Named after James MacNab, curator of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburg. Other names: Shasta Cypress. Other scientific names: Hesperocyparis macnabiana.
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