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CUPRESSUS arizonica 'Sapphire Skies'

Image of Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Sapphire Skies'

James Burghardt

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS arizonica var. glabra 'Sapphire Skies'

Plant Common Name

Arizona Cypress, Sapphire Arizona Cypress

Special Notice

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General Description

Prickly needle scales that are gray-green but often with hints of powdery blue-silver hues sets Arizona cypress cultivar 'Sapphire Skies' apart from others. This cultivar attains a fine-textured, upright conical silhouette that is naturally well-suited for use as a cut Christmas tree or holiday boughs. The undersides of Arizona cypress' tiny, scale-like leaves are covered in white resin glands. Small, prickled, round cones add seasonal interest. The bark is smooth and reddish. The parent species is native to the southwestern U.S.

Plant ‘Sapphire Skies’ in a sunny, dry location and well-drained soil. Siting in front of a dark background accentuates the bluish gray-green foliage. It is not the best, long-term choice for climates with humidity and wet summers, but deep irrigation during a summer drought improves this evergreen's health. Use 'Sapphire Skies' for screens or a vertical accent in hot, dry regions where Colorado blue spruce isn't an option. It also makes a nice specimen evergreen in an unirrigated lawn or the median of a parking lot.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    7, 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

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • 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

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Bronze, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Orange Red, Sandy Brown

  • 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

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Hedges, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No