30 to 40 ft.
20 to 25 ft.
native to southwestern United States
USDA zones 4-9
Arizona cypress is a large evergreen tree, that can serve as a background plant or screen. It looks similar to an upright juniper, but with a more open branching pattern and bluer color to the scales. The blue color of its feathery branches contrasts nicely with its reddish-grey bark.
Arizona cypress grows slowly and can tolerate very low water conditions. It is worth considering in place of a blue spruce to reduce landscape water use, or as a unique evergreen tree.
There is one Arizona cypress at the Xeriscape Garden planted in a very low water zone surrounded by native grasses. It has proven to be a beautiful, slow-growing, cold-hardy tree that requires little maintenance.
None required; prune any dead or broken branches as needed.