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Cupressus macrocarpa - Monterey Cypress
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Cupressaceae (incl. Taxodiaceae) (Cypresses)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Hesperocyparis macrocarpa]
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: 25-40 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey Cypress) - A beautiful wind-sculpted 40+ foot evergreen tree that is native to the Monterey Peninsula. As a young tree it is pyramidal but with age and winds it is transformed into its well-known striking and picturesque form. Plant in full sun and irrigate only occasionally. This plant grows naturally within a few hundred yards of the Pacific Ocean on the Monterey Peninsula and at Point Lobos and as such it does best in windy coastal areas, where it is less susceptible to Coryneum Canker (Seiridium cardinale), a bark killing fungus that has killed off many Monterey Cypress, Italian Cypress and Leyland Cypress. It has been speculated that coastal plantings are better because the salt laden coastal winds decreases the fungal spore viability. Recent genetic research has shown that the Western Hemisphere cypresses are a well supported clade quite separate from the Eastern Hemisphere cypresses. For this reason a new genus, Hesperocyparis, has been erected for the New World cypresses while the Old World plants will retain Cupressus. We are currently leaving this plant as Cupressus until this change becomes widely accepted.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Cupressus macrocarpa.
 
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