Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
CUPRESSUS arizonica var. glabra 'Blue Ice'
Named for the silvery blue color of its foliage, Blue Ice Arizona cypress is a slow-growing, conical evergreen conifer native to the southwestern United States but adaptable to slightly damper climates. The tiny, scale-like, clasping leaves are densely arranged on finely divided branchlets, giving the tree a feathery texture. Small reddish brown cones and smooth mahogany bark add to the year-round display. Cultivar 'Blue Ice' was a chance seedling discovered in a garden in New Zealand in 1960. It wasn't propagated and sold in the horticultural trade until 1984.
This sun-loving tree is both resilient and beautiful, tolerating dry soil, salt, and heat. Soils must be well-draining, not highly alkaline and amended if a compacted heavy clay. It should be protected from cold, dry winds; excessive humidity and wet soils in summer will degrade its vigor. It provides wonderful color contrast in the garden, especially near darker evergreen plants. Its unusual color, aromatic needles, and perfect shape make this Arizona cypress a wonderful specimen tree, privacy hedge or large container plant for a sunny location.
9 - 2
5 - 9
3a, 3b, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
Southwestern United States
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Gray Green, Steel Blue
Red, Purple, Gray
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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