The Tecate Cypress (Cupressus forbesii Jeps.) is a gymnosperm tree of limited distribution. To determine if soil is an influencing factor in its distribution, the soil characteristics of a Tecate Cypress grove in the Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County, California, were compared with soils from neighboring communities and other Tecate Cypress groves. Soil samples were analyzed for texture, saturation percent, pH, and electrical conductivity. Tests were also run for nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc.
Results seem to indicate that the Tecate Cypress soils are: 1) significantly more acidic than the soils of surrounding chaparral communities, and 2) significantly lower in nutrients than the soils of big-cone Douglas fir, mixed conifer, knob cone pine and oak woodlands.
Thus it appears that the Tecate Cypress may be limited to acidic soils that are nutrient poor and thereby lacking the competition found on typical chaparral soils. This may be a factor in their limited distribution in the Santa Ana Mountains and other southern California sites.
Earl W. Lathrop
Norman L. Mitchell
Kenneth A. Arendt
Master of Arts (MA)
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Cypress -- Soils
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Stottlemyer, David E., "Relationship of Tecate Cypress Distribution to Soil Types" (1980). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 926.
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