Hesperocyparis macrocarpa, commonly known as Monterey cypress, is a species of cypress native to the Central Coast of California. It has been introduced as cultivated species in many other temperate climates such as in South Africa and Australia, shown here in Mornington, Victoria.
This is a medium-sized coniferous evergreen tree, which often becomes irregular and flat-topped as a result of the strong winds that are typical of its native area. It grows to heights of up to 40 m in perfect growing conditions, and its trunk diameter can reach 2.5 m. The foliage grows in dense sprays which are bright green in colour and release a characteristic aroma when crushed. The leaves are scale-like, 2–5 mm long, and produced on rounded (not flattened) shoots; seedlings up to a year old have needle-like leaves 4–8 mm long.
This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
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