Native to the foothills surrounding the Sacramento Valley in northern California. Fast to 12 ft. then slow to 40 ft. An evergreen tree with branching near base. Flat sprays like thuja. A fragrant, nice looking tree in cultivation, rather rare in wild. No damage at 0 degrees F. Very gray. They have established here and grown vigorously on one year of watering. On one site in northern California it is next to a serpentine barrens, in a 32-38 inches rainfall area. It is surrounded by Adenostoma fasciculatum (Keeler-Wolf).
Syn. Hesperocyparis macnabiana , Neocupressus macnabiana and Callitropsis macnabiana
Cupressus macnabiana tolerates sand and clay.
Foliage of Cupressus macnabiana has color gray, is evergreen and has fragrance.
Flower of Cupressus macnabiana has color yellow.
Communities for Cupressus macnabiana:Chaparral and Central Oak Woodland.