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PlantFiles: Arizona Cypress, Smooth Cypress
Cupressus arizonica

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cupressus (koo-PRESS-us) (Info)
Species: arizonica (air-ih-ZAWN-ih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Cupressus arizonica subsp. arizonica
Synonym:Cupressus arizonica var. glabra
Synonym:Cupressus glabra

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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4 positives
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral TUTMOS On Feb 22, 2012, TUTMOS from baku
Azerbaidjan wrote:

Soil pH requirements are from 5.6 to 7.5 that is fine than yours

Positive Xenomorf On May 9, 2010, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

In the Plants of Arizona book, C. glabra & C. arizonicus are two different species. Here is the description for C. glabra (Smooth-bark Arizona Cypress):
The Usual height of this tree is up to 40 ft., but can reach a maximum of 90 ft. and the trunk is usually up to 2 ft. thick but can reach a maximum of 5.5 ft. in diameter.
The bark texture is variable but when it is shed, the dark, smooth, reddish inner bark is exposed.
The hard, woody & reddish brown cones have wedge shaped scales that have a point in the middle and are about 1 inch in diameter. They open up when they mature and remain on the tree for some years.
The thick, pointed & resinous leaves are pale blueish green and scalelike.
This evergreens' crown is either conical or rounded and grows in canyons and in slopes in the range of 3500 to 5500 ft elevation. It can be found north of Payson, AZ amongst other places.
It is native to AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX, UT in the USA.

The Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica) is very similar but has rough bark and occurs in southern and southeastern Arizona.

Positive levidude69 On May 9, 2006, levidude69 from New Kensington, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Total winter hardy here in Colorado, remarkably fast growth.
I'm very happy with the five trees i have, they've been through 15 below and no issues.

Positive Hase1 On Apr 22, 2005, Hase1 from Denton, TX wrote:

The most beautiful conifer I've seen, steely blue foliage on tight branches, fast grower - from 4 ft to 12 ft in 4 years. It's about 8 ft wide. It receives full sun and gets regular watering from the sprinkler system, but needs only occasional water.
It can take heat up to 100 degree F and holds up to ice rain and occasional snow with temperatures down to 20 degree F in North Texas.

Positive DarkEmerald On Apr 13, 2004, DarkEmerald from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

My three Arizona cypresses have now survived a hard winter here in the Pacific Northwest (snow, ice, wind and extended sub-freezing temps) with no sign of problems. They've grown from 1-gallon saplings to twelve-foot pyramids in just five years. Admired by everyone in my urban setting, they form the anchor of a blue-toned garden, and are spectacular in moonlight.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clarkdale, Arizona
Prescott, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona
Upland, California
Denver, Colorado
Fort Collins, Colorado
Brandon, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Slaughter, Louisiana
Reno, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Arcadia, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Arlington, Texas
Denton, Texas
Garland, Texas
Moody, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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