Cupressa arizonica
Photo by Flickr user Forest and Kim Starr

Arizona cypress

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • DTDesert
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Formerly known as Cupressus arizonica. Arizona cypress is an evergreen conifer that can grow to forty feet tall and twenty feet wide. It maintains a pyramidal form with blue-green foliage of small, scale-like leaves on splay branches. It makes an excellent windbreaks or screens, but can just as well be used as a specimen tree.

Although the flowers are inconspicuous, they develop into golf ball-sized cones that persist on the tree throughout the year. This is a low maintenance tree that requires little pruning to maintain its form.

'Blue Pyramid' and 'Blue Ice' form dense blue-gray pyramids to at least 20-25 ft. high.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Low water
  • Very low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted