Lone Cypress, 17-Mile-Drive

The Lone Cypress is a single Monterey cypress tree on the coast of Pebble Beach, California.

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The tree stands on a hillside off 17-Mile Drive, and is often acknowledged as one of the most photographed trees in North America.

17-Mile-Drive is a scenic 17 mile (24 kilometre) loop road through Pebble Beach and the Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. The road is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation and non-residents pay a toll fee. This can be reimbursed with $35 or more purchase at one of Pebble Beach Resorts restaurants.

The Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) only grows naturally at Pebble Beach and Point Lobos. The trees can reach heights of up to 20 metres (70 feet) and live about 300 years. The Lone Cypress is believed to be as old as 250 years.

The tree looks a bit different now as it lost its leftmost branch during a storm earlier this year in February.

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