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CUPRESSUS arizonica

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James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS arizonica

Plant Common Name

Arizona Cypress

General Description

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.'

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 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

    40'-40' / 12.2m - 12.2m

  • Width

    25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Copper, Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • 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

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No