Arizona Cypress, Cupressus arizonica, Facts and Information


Arizona cypress, Cupressus arizonica (glabra), is a fast-growing evergreen for tough sites.Arizona cypress are often used for screens, windbreaks, specimen trees, and Christmas trees. Find facts and info on growing and caring for Cupressus arizonica varieties.

"Arizona Cypress"

Arizona Cypress Tree

This beautiful evergreen grows in Zones 7-9 and will reach heights of 45’ x 30’ w. They grow in a pyramidal form and have a fine texture. This rapidly growing North american native evergreeen with green foliage has a silver-gray shimmer, and the branches are more open than on most junipers. The inconspicuous flowers are followed by 1” cones that persist on the tree. The peeling brown bark becomes gray with age.

Arizona cypress is a common sight in western Texas and the southern High Plains where it tolerates the hot, dry conditions with case. It prefers full sun, is drought tolerant, and likes high, dry sites. Some people think the tree smells like a skunk. Individual trees can be pyramidal or spreading in shape due to seedling variation. It has been considered for use as a Christmas tree.

Care of Arizona Cypress

Water young plants while they are small and growing. They will grow faster if given a spring application of plant food, or some type of organic equivalent such as fish emulsion. Remove, dead, diseased, or damaged branches.

"Cupressus arizonica"

Arizona cypress are used as Christmas Trees

Propagation of seeds require cold, moist stratification for 1 month. Cuttings are not easy to root.

Pests and Diseases include: canker and foliar diseases, especially in humid climates.

Cupressa Varieties and Species:

‘Blue Ice’ has powdery-gray-blue to icy-blue foliage. ‘Carolina Sapphire’ has handsome blue-gray foliage. It grows 20-25’ tall. ‘Limelight’ has light yellow to lime green foliage.

Monterey cypress (C. Macrocarpa) is a horizontally branching, often flat-topped tree native to the Monterey penisula in California. It grows 30-40’, maturing into a picturesque specimen.

Italian cypress (C. Sempervirens) is a ideal specimen that has a strong vertical line that balances horizontal architecture. It is a must for formal gardens in mild climates with its upright, narrow, columnar form. The growth is dense and thick. It can be used as a screen if planted close together.

Glauca’ has blue-green foliage.

‘Swane’s Golden’ has bright golden-yellow new growth.

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