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common name: Monterey Cypress
synonyms: Neocupressus macrocarpa
conifer, evergreen, scented/aromatic
growth rate: fast
growth habit: conical
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: light green
fruit colour: brown
main season: All Year
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Large, fast growing tree, narrowly conical when young but may become very wide spreading with age. Plume like sprays of small, pointed, lemon-scented, mid to dark green leaves. Produces round, brown, female cones with between 8 and 10 large scale, lacking a prominent prickle. Reddish brown, shallowly ridged bark.
Any well drained soil in full sun. Performs well in coastal positions.
Excellent for windbreaks and shelterbelts, especially near the sea.
Native of California.