Cupressus macrocarpa - exotic
The species of cypress originates from Monterey in California and is commonly seen around New Zealand. Their prominent buttressed trunks and wide spreading canopies dominate many landscapes. The tree is usually identified by the scale-like foliage which when crushed produces a fragrant lemon scent. The fruit is a cone of 2–4cm in diameter and almost spherical.
Monterey cypresses seem to thrive in New Zealand and attain much larger dimensions than in their homeland. Many of the specimens here in the park were planted by Sir John Logan Campbell in the late 1800s and are of immense proportions.