SelecTree: Tree Detail
A rare species known only to naturally occur in the headwaters of King Creek in the Cuyamaca Mountains in San Diego County.
Has fragrant Leaf.
Native to Southern California.
A Hesperocyparis stephensonii in Cleveland National Forest is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 37 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 70 inches and a crown spread of 28 feet.
Cupressus arizonica var. stephensonii
Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 - 50 feet.
Width: 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Scalelike, Blue Green to Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Persistent, Brown Cone, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Spring.
Bark Cherry-Red, Exfoliating or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Leaves and Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 7.
USDA Hardiness Zones 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.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Birds and Squirrels.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Hesperocyparis stephensonii Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 20, 2018.
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