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CUPRESSUS arizonica 'Raywood's Weeping'

Image of Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Raywood's Weeping'

James Burghardt

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS arizonica var. glabra 'Raywood's Weeping'

Plant Common Name

Arizona Cypress, Raywood's Weeping Arizona Cypress

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Raywood's Weeping Arizona cypress is a narrow, upright evergreen conifer tree with branches of pale silver to steel blue foliage. The short branch tips gracefully weep. Native to the southwestern United States, the undersides of the scaley leaves are covered in white resin glands. Small, prickled, round cones add seasonal interest as does the smooth reddish bark before it becomes mundane gray.

A sunny, dry location is needed to grow Arizona cypress with soils that are well-drained. Amend clay soils with grit or organic matter and avoid highly alkaline pH ground. The upright, architecturally interesting silhouette of 'Raywood's Weeping' make it suitable for lone specimen use. It is not a long-lived tree in climates with cool summers or lots of humidity year round with little air circulation. Heavy, wet soil ensures Arizona cypress death.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18'-25' / 5.5m - 7.6m

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Weeping

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Steel Blue, Silver

  • Bark Color

    Orange Red, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No