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Cupressus macnabiana

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Species Name: Cupressus macnabiana
Common Name: MacNab's Cypress

Tough multi-branching shrub. Recommended as informal screen. Provides structure & contrast in the garden. Blue to grey-green, resinous, pungent scented foliage. Intolerant of shade.

Plant Family: Cupressaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10-20' H x 5-10' W
Growth Habit: Branching, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Inner North Coast Ranges, High Cascade Range, Northern High Sierra Nevada.
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, flats, chaparral, pine/oak woodlands. Elevation: 1,000-2700'

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  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Of broad bushy habit 15 to 40 feet high, with rich blue green pungently aromatic foliage. The most distinct of the California Cypresses. Very hardy, standing extremes of heat, cold and drought. A very handsome tree. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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