Leaves in Flat Sprays identification
These conifer trees have scale-like leaves in flat sprays like a fern. They include four false cypress trees (in the genus Chamaecyparis) – Lawson Cypress, Nootka Cypress, Sawara Cypress and Hinoki Cypress, two false cedars – Western Red Cedar and Incense Cedar and the unique Oriental Thuja. These trees are best identified by examining the shape of the spray, the underside of the leaves and their cones.
Cypress is a word used to describe a number of different trees. True cypress trees are those that are in the genus Cupressus such as Italian Cypress, Monterey Cypress and Smooth Arizona Cypress. False Cypress trees are those in the genus Chamaecyparis such as Lawson Cypress, Nootka Cypress and Sawara Cypress plus the cross between the Nootka Cypress and Monterey Cypress known as the Leyland Cypress.