MacNab cypress is a rare, shrubby tree that
seldomly grows higher than 50 feet ( 15 meters).
tiny scaled leaves, which wrap around branchlets, are gray-green with
gland dots that produce a
Up to 1" (2.5 cm),
round with 6 or 8 scales, each with an erect conic point. The
cones often remain closed until a wildfire releases the seeds.
bark is furrowed on large trunks.
it grows: Foothills
of northern California. Also found at two locations in southwest Oregon
on the map). See Cypress Species in Oregon by Frank
Named after James MacNab, curator of the Royal Botanic Garden in
names: Shasta cypress. Recently some have proposed removing North
American cypresses from Cupressus
and placing them in a new genus, Hesperocyparis.
Others have argued for keeping North American cypresses in Cupressus. For
more information, see The