Cupressus macrocarpa

Monterey cypress, which are commonly called Macrocarpa in New Zealand grow larger ( 40m high and 20m wide) than in their native homeland of coastal California. They make good timber trees when managed as well as large shelter belts for farms and shade trees for livestock. Many old farms and homesteads have them planted nearby. Caution needs to be taken as the foliage is slightly toxic to livestock and can cause miscarriages in cattle. Sawn logs are used, by many craftspeople, some boat builders and small manufacturers, as a furniture structural material and a decorative wood because of its fine colours. It makes an excellent firewood which burns hot but a bit sparky.

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