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CUPRESSUS arizonica 'Blue Pyramid'

Image of Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Blue Pyramid'

James Burghardt

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS arizonica var. glabra 'Blue Pyramid'

Plant Common Name

Arizona Cypress

General Description

A selection of Arizona cypress, ‘Blue Pyramid’ is a large, slow-growing evergreen conifer with blue-gray foliage and an upright, pyramidal shape. The underside of its tiny, scale-like leaves is 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.

Give ‘Blue Pyramid’ a sunny, dry location and well-drained soil. It is not a good choice for climates with humidity and wet summers. Used it for large screens or windbreaks. 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'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Width

    10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m

  • 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

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Orange Red, Sienna

  • 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

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No