Botanic Notables: The Lone Cypress

January 20, 2012
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A forest of Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) trees once grew on California's Central Coast. Oddly enough, the tree grows better just about anywhere other than here, its native habitat—a coastal area where a rocky terrain is difficult for root growth and Pacific Ocean salt and wind are a constant assault. Today, there are only a handful of Monterey Cypresses on the California Coast, most of which are confined to two small populations that are protected within Point Lobos State Reserve and Del Monte Forest.