Monterey Cypress
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Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) is a
beautiful tree that grows along the rugged
central coast of California. It has a high wind
tolerance, becoming increasingly more
attractive under heavy wind conditions. Narrow
and pyramid-shaped when young, Monterey
cypress spreads with age, and can become 70 to
90 feet in height. It is one of the major trees
planted to hold the sands in Golden Gate Park,
San Francisco, but unfortunately many are dying.

There are only two native stands of Monterey
cypress, at Point Lobos and in Pebble Beach. The
occurrence of the Monterey cypress in just
these two localities has led to its listing by the
State of California as a Category 1 Rare and
Endangered Species (rare and endangered due
to restricted habitat and/or low numbers of
plants per population or vulnerable habitat.)
Monterey Cypress in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA