Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
A tough tree with feathery needles and interesting cones and furrowed bark, Arizona cypress is a tall, columnar, evergreen that originates from the American Southwest. Drought tolerant and sun-loving, this tree has soft, handsome green to gray-green scale-like foliage that is mildly fragrant when crushed. The female cones are round and prickly and are pretty in contrast with the needles.
Grow Arizona cypress in full to partial sun and well-drained soil that is not too heavy; amend clay with grit or organic matter. Soils should not be overly alkaline. Arizona cypress is deer resistant and can handle heat, drought and humidity if air circulation is good. It attains a dense pyramidal form in time and thus makes a wonderful screen or windbreak for dry, exposed locations. Some notable cultivars are the steel blue 'Carolina Sapphire' and bright green 'Limelight.'
10 - 2
6 - 9
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
Full Sun, Partial Sun
40'-40' / 12.2m - 12.2m
25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m
Southwestern United States
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Gray Green
Copper, Brown, Sienna
Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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