Hesperocyparis forbesii, formerly Cupressus forbesii


Tecate cypress grows in Baja California Norte, Mexico, and a few, scattered locations in southern California. It has shrublike growth and is usually less than twenty feet tall. Young trees are pyramidal, and they become more rounded or irregular with age. They are short-lived

however, to less than 100 years, and susceptible to fire. Cones will absolutely not open without heat. 

This tree is located at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley.

All photos, except as credited to others, are copyright Emerald Canary.