SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: UC Riverside Arboretum - Riverside, CA
As with many Cypress, this species is heavily reliant on wildfires for reproduction. Its cones remained closed for years, only opening after a fire to release its seeds. Require little water once established.
Native to California's Southern Sierra Nevada.
A Hesperocyparis nevadensis in Sequoia National Forest is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 45 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 115 inches and a crown spread of 30 feet.
Cupressus arizonica var. nevadensis
Additional Common Names
PIUTE CYPRESS, PAIUTE CYPRESS
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Width: 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Scalelike, Blue Green to Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Persistent, Brown Cone, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Spring.
Bark Gray to Red Brown, Fibrous.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 7 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun.
Well Drained Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Leaf Blight.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Hesperocyparis nevadensis Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 20, 2018.
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