Cypress at Hoyt Arboretum
Scaled, white resin dots
Cones: up to 0.8", round
Bark: Brown, smooth, then
Where: Rare in southwest
The tiny scaled leaves, which wrap around branchlets, are gray-green
with gland dots that produce a
0.5 - 0.8", round with 6 or 8 scales and resin blisters. The cones
often remain closed until a wildfire
releases the seeds.
red-brown bark becomes peeling and then gray on larger trees.
it grows: This rare cypress grows in a few isolated sites in
southwest Oregon and northern California. It grows
farther north than any other cypress in North America. The most
northern site is at Flounce Rock, northeast of Medford.
See Cypress Species in Oregon by Frank Callahan.
after Calfornia plant explorer Milo Baker, who discovered the species
in 1898. The tree is native to the
land of the Modoc people. Other common names: Baker Cypress, Siskiyou
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 Gymnosperm Database.