« Back to main plant list

Arizona Cypress

Cupressus arizonica

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Tree, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate-high
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
40'+ × 15'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season November-March
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range -15 °F
Leaf Description Scale-like
Fruit A small cone.
In years
View on SEINet View SEINet Entry
Range Map View SEINet Range Map
Elevation Range 3000-7500 ft.
Description The bluish foliage of Arizona cypress is a beautiful sight as one moves upwards into the sky islands and mountains of southeastern and central AZ. These trees can occur on slopes but are most often found in canyon bottoms where additional moisture aids in their growth. Increasing drought and heat (and resulting fires) are taking a toll on this species in habitat, and it will be most appropriate for cooler gardens where it should be provide with ample water. The tall, columnar growth form is very stately, and the blue foliage causes the tree to stand out in a landscape.