Cuyamaca Cypress - Hesperocyparis stephensonii
Critically endangered, Cuyamaca Cypress is confined to a very small area in the Cuyamaca Mountains of southern California. The trees grow in middle elevations, attaining heights of 50 feet or so. The crown is spreading, the scalelike needles short and typically bluish-green in color; they exude a lemony odor when crushed. The exfoliating bark is cherry-red, and the small cones are rounded and borne at the branch tips. Sometimes considered a subspecies of Arizona Cypress (H. arizonica), the trees are more open and the bark of a warmer hue.