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CUPRESSUS arizonica var. glabra

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS arizonica var. glabra

Plant Common Name

Arizona Cypress

General Description

The Arizona cypress is an upright evergreen conifer tree with branches of soft gray or blue-green foliage. 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.

A sunny dry location is needed to grow Arizona cypress and it is not a particularly good choice for climates with humidity and wet summers. Best used as large plant screens or windbreaks inland or near the coast, cultivars 'Carolina Sapphire', 'Blue Pyramid' or 'Gareei' have more decorative foliage and could make a nice specimen evergreen in an unirrigated lawn.

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

    30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • 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

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Orange Red

  • 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