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Italian Cypress, Mission St, South Pasadena

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Although the Italian, Tuscan or Mediterranean cypress is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East it has proliferated all over the Los Angeles area.  Another colloquial name for it is the drama tree due to its tendency to bend and sway in the slightest of breezes.  If left to their own devices these trees can grow to 150 feet, usually maintaining a conical shape.  This one, at the edge of a commercial parking lot, has been severely hacked off perhaps to prevent it from interfering with overhead power lines.