|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