Northwest Conifers


Sargent Cypress – Cupressus sargentii

Needles: The scaled leaves wrap around tiny branching twigs. The leaves usually don't have visible resin dots like Modoc cypress and MacNab cypress.


Cones: 0.5 - 1", round with 6 or 8 scales and resin blisters.

Bark: The brown bark is furrowed on large trunks.


Where it grows: This rare cypress grows in the coastal mountains of California. Several small trees were discovered at one location in Oregon, near Selma in an area burned in the 2002 Biscuit Fire (Tree on the map).

Sargent cypress at Hoyt Arboretum


USGS Distribution Map

Names: Named after Charles Sargent, founding director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Recently, Taxonomists removed North American cypresses from the Cupressus genus and placed them in a new genus, Hesperocyparis. For more information, see The Gymnosperm Database.


Sargent Cypress at Hoyt Arboretum

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