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Cupressus sempervirens ‘Swane’s Golden’ (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Cupressus sempervirens ‘Swane’s Golden’ (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Cupressus forbesii

Tecate Cypress
Cupressaceae
Evergreen, Trees

CUPRESSUS

These conifers have tiny scalelike leaves that are closely set on cord-like branches and bear interesting globular, golf ball–size cones made up of shield-shaped scales. They need little pruning.

Cupressus forbesii

Native to the coastal mountains of Southern California. Low-branching tree to 10–25 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide, with cherry red bark and green foliage. Very fast growing. In fact, it may get too top-heavy for the size of its root system; keep it on the dry side to slow growth, thus lessening the likelihood that the tree will topple in strong winds. Useful as a hedge or screen.

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