Baker cypress Cupressaceae Hesperocyparis
|Leaf: Evergreen, scale-like, decussate, tight and crowded on the twig in opposite pairs resulting in a square twig, gray-green with a dorsal resin gland on each leaf, aromatic.
Flower: Species is monoecious; males are small, pale yellow-green at ends of branch tips, often in abundance; females small near branch tips.
Fruit: Dry, round to nearly square, woody, serotinous (open with fire) cones, 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, usually 6 scales with a pointed umbo near the top of each scale, gray-brown to silver at maturity.
Bark: Fibrous with shallow, irregular furrows, gray, thin and easily damaged by fire.
Form: A small tree, typically under 50’ tall with open, spreading branches.
Looks like: Arizona cypress
- Tecate cypress
- Monterey cypress
- California juniper
| Additional Range Information:
Hesperocyparis bakeri is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Baker cypress.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson