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Tree Campus: Donard gold Monterey Cypress

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Donard Gold Monterey Cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Donard Gold' (CUPRESSACEAE)



Central California Coast



"Rodents and deer consume cypress seedlings... Monterey cypress is a fire-adapted species with serotinous cones. Serotiny is less pronounced in Monterey cypress than in other California cypress species, possibly due to reduced frequency of intense crown fires near the ocean. Monterey cypress is capable of seedling establishment with or without crown fire, although fire provides optimum site conditions for regeneration." [1]


Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"It is one of the major trees planted to hold the sands in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, but unfortunately many are dying." [2]



"Monterey cypress wood is durable. Natural durability of heartwood of Monterey cypress is high, 10 to 15 years' ground life and over 15 years above ground. It is suitable for a wide range of exterior uses including joinery, shingles, and boats. Possible interior uses include moulding and panelling. Cypress shelterbelts provide good firewood. Most cypress species develop a large proportion of heartwood, which splits well, dries quickly, and is clean burning. Monterey cypress wood is moderately fast burning because of its low to medium density. As cypress woods are prone to sparking, they are recommended only for enclosed fires.

Monterey cypress is planted in Africa and New Zealand for lumber and pulp production...Monterey cypress has been planted widely for ornament, hedges, and windbreaks in the Pacific States, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Falkland Islands.

Portions of the Monterey cypress grove on Monterey Peninsula have been destroyed for housing developments and golf courses." [1]



[1] Esser, Lora L. 1994. Hesperocyparis macrocarpa. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [2020, July 1].

[2] Gilman, E. F., & Watson, D. G. (2014, June 17). Cupressus macrocarpa: Monterey Cypress. Retrieved from

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