This rare cypress can reach a height of about 80 feet (25 meters) but often grows to be no higher than 30 feet (9 meters).
Leaves: The scaled leaves wrap around
tiny branching twigs. The leaves usually don't have visible resin dots like Modoc cypress and MacNab cypress.
Cones: Up to 1" (2.5 cm),
round with 6 or 8 scales and resin blisters.
Bark: The brown
bark is furrowed on large trunks.
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 ( on the map). See Cypress Species in Oregon by Frank Callahan.
after Charles Sargent, founding director of the Arnold Arboretum at
Harvard University. 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.