Cupressus lusitanica Cupressaceae
Mexican Cypress; [Cipres (Latin America)].
- Evergreen tree, large, to about 100 ft (30 m), wide spreading, branches nodding at tips, stem red brown, bark longitudinally grooved. Leaves blue-green, in 4 rows, ovate, densely appressed, usually with long sharp pointed tips. Fruit (cones) globose, about 12 mm wide, short stalked, 6-8 scales, with a stout, recurved thorn in the center.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, not from Portugal as the name lusitanica suggests.
- lusitanica: of Portugal (Lusitanica)...but see above.