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Hesperocyparis arizonica

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Cupressus arizonica
Description

Arizona Cypress is a conical, broadly pyramidal growing conifer. It will grow about 1'-2' per year and reach a mature height of 40'-50' and a width of 15'-20'.  If creating a screen, you will want to plant at least 7' apart.  It does best in full to partial sun.  It has beautiful silvery blue/teal coloration year round. 

The branches are sturdy but have a lacy appearance.  Its aroma and color interest make a great display in holiday greenery. Reddish brown bark; susceptible to canker; foliage thins if grown in shade; can be used as a specimen tree or for windbreaks.  This plant is moderately salt tolerant.

Arizona Cypress is moderately drought tolerant and salt tolerant, has a low water requirement once established, and can withstand the heat of summer.  It is relatively trouble-free, and moderately deer resistant, making it a good choice for screening, compared to other fast-growing evergreen choices.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Ice'
  • 'Carolina Sapphire'
  • 'Glabra'
  • 'Glauca'
  • 'Golden Pyramid'
  • 'Sulfurea'
Tags:
#evergreen#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#blue green needles#salt tolerant#playground#cpp#deer resistant#children's garden#edible garden#Braham Arboretum
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Ice'
  • 'Carolina Sapphire'
  • 'Glabra'
  • 'Glauca'
  • 'Golden Pyramid'
  • 'Sulfurea'
Tags:
#evergreen#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#blue green needles#salt tolerant#playground#cpp#deer resistant#children's garden#edible garden#Braham Arboretum
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hesperocyparis
    Species:
    arizonica
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    leaves are used as an anti-fungal
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southwestern U.S.A., Mexico
    Distribution:
    southwest US
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought tolerant, heat tolerant, moderate salt tolerance, moderate deer resistance
    Edibility:
    Edible fruit
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 1 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Conifer does not produce fruits, produces cones. Brown Cone
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Evergreen scales; green to blue-green
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    Bark Texture: Furrowed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Salt