Tecate cypress

Cupressus forbesii


Tecate cypress is an upright tree growing 20-30 ft. tall, 12-15 ft. wide. Foliage is comprised of tiny scale-like leaves that are pale green; surface bark on trunks is reddish to mahogany in color and flakes off each year.

This tree is native to a few isolated locations within the coastal and inland foothills of Southern California where it grows on dry slopes within the chaparral plant community from 1,500-5,000 ft. in elevation. It is found in rocky well-drained soils and can tolerate many months of moisture stress. When grown in Inland Empire landscapes and gardens it can be combined with other drought-tolerant natives and is used for screening, on slopes and in background areas.

Plant Type: Tree, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen, Coniferous
Habit: Upright, Low-branching
Growth Rate: Slow
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Slopes, Screening, Restoration, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Banks, Background plant, Fragrant foliage
Height: 20 ft. – 30 ft.
Width: 12 ft. – 15 ft.