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In Bloom

PLANT OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER 5, 2014

Gowen cypress

Plant Name: Cupressus goveniana

Plant Location: Lower Garden, near Wood Wave

Plant Notes: Branches of this endemic California conifer are always a highlight in our holiday wreath workshops. The foilage has a lovely, delicate arrangement and the new cones will just be forming, which creates the delightful apearance of many tiny chartreuse balls. The cones actually take two years to mature and remain closed for many years, only opening after exposure to fire. There are two varieties in the garden: Cupressus goveniana - Gowen cypress and Cupressus goveniana var. pigmaea - Mendocino cypress. Limited quantities are available at MsK Nursery.