The Arizona Cypress Tree

The Arizona Cypress Tree

The Arizona Cypress Tree, scientifically known as the Cupressus arizonica Greene, is a very dense evergreen with an upright cone shaped crown. Its leaves are bluish-green, silvery, and grayish-green with reddish-brown bark. The Cypress tends to grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 15 to 30 inches in diameter. It does best when grown under elevations of 3,000 feet, and is naturally found in dry conditions such as rocky mountain slopes and canyon walls.

The Arizona Cypress Tree requires very little maintenance. It thrives in full sun environments. Watering is critical during the spring growing season with deep watering every other week. Throughout the remainder of the year it requires just 10 to 12 inches of water. Another benefit to choosing the Arizona Cypress tree in your landscape design is its quite tolerant to pests and potential problems when planted in low humidity climates. In Arizona, the Cypress tree has performed well as a windbreak in desert areas.

Fall Planting and Tree Care

While spring is the ideal time for planting trees and shrubs the fall offers the same opportunities if the soil is still warm. This will give your beautiful new tree the time needed for ideal root growth. The Arizona Cypress will have the chance to get established before the winter cold sets in. It is also recommended to avoid pruning that will open the stump to sunburn on the south and west sides.


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Read the USDA NRCS Plant Fact Sheet here.

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