Hesperocyparis forbesii (Jeps.) Bartel
Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)
Synonym(s): Callitropsis forbesii, Cupressus forbesii, Cupressus guadalupensis ssp. forbesii, Cupressus guadalupensis var. forbesii, Neocupressus guadalupensis var. forbesii
USDA Symbol: HEFO10
A small tree, usually 20 ft. high, with an irregular/spreading to tight/symmetrical crown, light-green foliage, and exfoliating, mahogany-red, polished bark.
The common name refers to Mt. Tecate near the Mexico border, where this cypress was first found in California. It used to be considered a subspecies of a tree native to Guadalupe Island, off the west coast of Baja California.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous.
Native Distribution: S. CA
Native Habitat: Dry, chaparral & canyon slopes; 1500-5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Grows quickly to 12-15 ft., then slows to 2-3 in. of growth per year. Can easily be held at 15 ft. Drought tolerant.
PropagationDescription: Stratified seeds will germinate at 72 degrees. The percent of viable seeds is often low.
Seed Collection: Most cypresses have seratiunous cones that can hang on the trees for several years without opening. Cone should be collected by cutting them from the limbs. They can be opened by boiling for 30-60 seconds.
Seed Treatment: Cool-moist stratify for 30 days at 34 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cupressus forbesii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cupressus forbesii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cupressus forbesii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-09-26
Research By: TWC Staff