The Monterey cypress is a fast growing evergreen tree well suited to our local climate. Its picturesque wind shaped form can be seen growing in many locations on the peninsula. The Monterey cypress defines the "genius loci" of our coastline.
However, the Monterey Cypress is a big tree when mature and this should be thoughtfully considered when planting near power lines, near fences or on the street. Monterey cypresses are messy. They drop loads of pollen, sap and leaf litter, and, brittle limbs during storms. Cypresses can be kept pruned to a smaller size but there will be an annual time commitment and expense to control the true nature of this tree. This tree should only be planted where there is adequate room for its mature size.