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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. An upright, straight, graceful, pyramid-shaped narrow (widens with age), dense tree with conical crown and stout, horizontal branches low to the ground. Moderate growth rate. Arizona native found in higher elevation streams and canyons and on slopes.
Height: 40 feet     Width: 30 feet


Habitat

Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Riparian
Elevation: 3500 - 8000 feet

Similar Species: Cupressus glabra


Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow-green or light-green   Shape: Inconspicuous, not in clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr - May
Description: Inconspicuous. Monoecious. Males are small, pale yellow-green at ends of branch tips. Females are small light green near branch tips.


Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Gray-green to blue-green   Type: Scales   Shape: Other   Margin: Other   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: N
Description: Similar to Juniper leaf. Scale-like, keeled, tight, thick, resinous, pointed and crowded on the twig in opposite pairs resulting in a square twig. Leaves are closely pressed to the stems. Often quite glaucous and bad smelling when bruised.
Spines: N


Fruit Characteristics

Color: Brown   Type: Cone or cone-like   Description: Dry, round, woody, serotinous (open with fire) cones, 1 inch in diameter with 6 to 8 pointed scales. Initially glaucous and green but turning brown when mature. Matures in two growing seasons and remains on branches for several years.


Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray to reddish-brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Shreddy and peeling in long strips to reveal gray and reddish-brown patches. Older bark may develop a fine, shallow furrowed pattern or reveal a mottled patchy look. Very similar Cupressus glabra which is distinguished by its smooth red bark.

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