Arizona Cypress
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Arizona Cypress Cupressus arizonica

  • Arizona Cypress Tall

Average Shipping Height: 8"-12"
Item #2460
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The Arizona Cypress grows in zones 7-9.
As the name suggests, this heat- and drought-tolerant cypress is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. While it has a limited reach in terms of Hardiness Zones, the Arizona cypress is an excellent choice for windbreaks, erosion control, and landscape ornamentals.

  • Tolerates heat and drought
  • Serves well as a windbreak
  • Develops rough, shedding, gray-brown bark
  • Will be delivered at a height of 6"– 1'

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Sun Preference

Full Sun,

Soil Preference

Acidic, Alkaline, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Sandy, Well-drained,

Wildlife Value

The seeds of the Arizona Cypress are consumed by squirrels, ground squirrels and other rodents.


The Arizona Cypress is a native of interior Mexico, extending into the southwestern United States where it is the only native cypress. For a major species it was discovered by Euro-Americans rather recently in history. Credit for the discovery goes to E. L. Greene, who made the find in the 1880s. While authorities do not agree on the taxonomy of the Arizona cypress, two varieties are often listed. Cypressus arizonica has thick, fibrous, coarsely shedding, gray-brown bark and dull gray-green needles with no resinous exudations. Cypressus arizonica var. glabra has smooth bark that exfoliates in papery layers of purple to red and bright blue-green needles with resin glands.

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