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Cupressus arizonica ssp. nevadensis

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Species Name: Cupressus arizonica ssp. nevadensis
Common Name: Piute Cypress

Rare and beautiful cypress from the Sierra Nevada. Gray-green leaves are very aromatic and resinous. Tree bark changes from gray/red-brown to cherry red with age. Threatened by grazing and mining.

Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 16- 85' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Upright, broad and dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky, acidic
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 2-2-3i
Distribution: Highlands of the Southern Sierra Nevada (Kern and Tulare Counties)
Natural Habitat: Pinyon/Juniper or Oak/Pine Woodland, Chaparral from 2400' to 5600'

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