Arizona cypress + cvs

Cupressus arizonica


The Arizona cypress is a medium to large evergreen tree, slowly growing 35-50 ft. tall. Foliage is comprised of pale blue-green to yellowish, scale-like leaves; coarsely shredded red-brown bark covers mature trunks and branches.

This southwestern native is adapted to heat, cold, drought, wind and aridity. It has proven well adapted to desert landscapes and shows great promise for success in Inland Empire gardens and landscapes. It has proven to be well suited as a focal element and specimen tree that is very tough and hardy. Several attractive cultivars can be found at various nurseries including: C. a. ‘Compacta’ has a low growing form with a conical shape; C. a.‘Glauca’ is a selection with silvery-gray foliage; and C. a.‘Pyramidalis’ is a smaller tree with a symmetrical form.

Plant Type: Tree, Native
Foliage Character: Coniferous
Habit: Upright, Narrow, Low-branching, Dense
Growth Rate: Slow, Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green, Blue green, Blue gray
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Cold hardy, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Slopes, Screening, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Foliage accent plant, Commercial spaces, Background plant
Height: 35 ft. – 50 ft.
Width: 5 ft. – 15 ft.