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CUPRESSUS arizonica 'Limelight'

Image of Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Limelight' PP10178

James Burghardt

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS arizonica var. glabra 'Limelight' PP10178

Plant Common Name

Arizona Cypress, Limelight Arizona Cypress

General Description

The golden leaves and slender habit of 'Limelight' set it apart from other Arizona cypress cultivars. It originated as a chance seedling at Coachwood Nurseries in New South Wales, Australia. The parent species is native to the southwestern United States.

This small, narrowly columnar tree has dense, feathery, gold-green foliage that resists sun- and wind-scorch. The undersides of the tiny, scale-like leaves are covered in white resin glands. Small, prickled, round cones add seasonal interest. The handsome, smooth, orange-red bark peels in vertical strips.

Plant this heat-tolerant conifer in full sun and well-drained soil. It thrives in low humidity and fails in hot, damp climates. Water it occasionally during prolonged dry spells. A superior alternative to 'Castlewellan' Leyland cypress, 'Limelight' excels as a hedging or accent plant. It also makes a nice specimen for an unirrigated lawn or terrace.

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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • 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

    Narrow Upright/Fastigiate

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Bronze, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Yellow Green, Gold

  • 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

    Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No