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Hesperocyparis sargentii (Sargent cypress)
Reveal, James L.

Hesperocyparis sargentii

Hesperocyparis sargentii (Jeps.) Bartel

Sargent Cypress, Sargent's Cypress

Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)

Synonym(s): Callitropsis sargentii, Cupressus sargentii, Neocupressus sargentii

USDA Symbol: HESA17

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Evergreen tree with narrow crown, becoming very broad where exposed.

The second most widely distributed cypress in California, Sargent Cypress was named for Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), the founder and director of Harvard Universitys Arnold Arboretum and author of the 14-volume Silva of North America. Several stands grow within Mount Tamalpais State Park north of San Francisco.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Cone
Size Notes: Up to about 65 feet tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Though technically incorrect, the seed cones are often referred to as berries.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Brown
Bloom Notes: Bloom color refers to mature pollen cones and seed cones.


Native Distribution: Coast Ranges of California; to 3000 (914 m).
Native Habitat: Exposed and protected slopes of foothills and mountains; with Digger Pine, oaks, and chaparral.

Web Reference

Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hesperocyparis sargentii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hesperocyparis sargentii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hesperocyparis sargentii


Record Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: CBR

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