A genus of evergreen conifers in the cypress family, native to eastern Asia and western and eastern North America. There are six species in all. They are mostly tall trees with foliage in flat sprays. The adult leaves are like scales. Cones are generally round, also having scales, where each scale holds 2 to 4 seeds.
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Name Derivation: From the Greek chamai meaning on the ground and kuparissos (cypress), referring to its relation to Cupressus (Cypress)
Common Name: Cypress, False Cypress
Chamaecyparis is in the family Cupressaceae.