Hesperocyparis forbesii

Tecate cypress

Plant Type: Tree
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 30' X 20'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Tecate cypress is native to a few locations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. It is considered a relic species from a cooler, moister period, and struggles with the frequent fires of it mountainous growing sites. It quickly grows in an upright form to about 15 feet, becoming more rounded with age. The mature height is around 30 feet although several decades are required to reach this height. The frond-like branches – typical of cypress – grow densely with solid green foliage. As the tree becomes more open and rounded it displays the attractive red bark and an interesting, contorted branch structure. Tecate cypress is adaptable to a variety of soil types but prefers well-draining soil. It thrives with little or no water in a sunny site after the plant is established.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen