CYPRESS

FAMILY: Cupressaceae | GENUS: CUPRESSUS

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Moderate Water

Plant Details

These conifers have tiny, scalelike leaves, closely set on cordlike branches, and interesting globular, golf ballsize cones made up of shield-shaped scales. For the dry Southwest, choose Cupressus arizonica or Cupressus sempervirens; these species and their selections thrive in dry, rocky, alkaline soil. In high-rainfall areas, however, they are short lived; Cupressus lusitanica is the better choice there. Cypresses are not browsed by deer.

arizona cypress

cupressus arizonica

  • Zones MS, LS, CS; USDA 7-9.
  • To 40 feet tall, spreading to 20 feet wide; rough, furrowed bark.
  • Seedlings are variable, with foliage varying from green to blue-gray or silvery.
  • Cupressus a.
  • glabra (often sold as Cupressus glabra) is like the species but has smooth, cherry-red bark.
  • Other forms include 'Blue Ice', forming dense, blue-gray pyramids to at least 2025 feet high; 'Blue Pyramid', a dense, blue-gray pyramid to 2025 feet tall; 'Carolina Sapphire', to 30 feet., with steely blue-green foliage and broad, symmetrical form; 'Gareei', with silvery blue-green foliage; and 'Pyramidalis', a compact, symmetrical grower.
  • Mass trees for windbreak or screen.

mexican cypress

cupressus lusitanica

  • Zones LS, CS; USDA 8-9.
  • Native to northern Florida and Central America.
  • Grows rapidly to 50 feet tall, 15 feet wide, with symmetrical, spreading, pendulous branches and beautiful, ferny, blue-green foliage.
  • Use as specimen tree or windbreak.
  • Choose plants grown from cuttings of selected blue clones; these are more uniform and bluer in color than plants grown from seed.
  • Likes fertile, well-drained soil.

italian cypress

cupressus sempervirens

  • Zones MS, LS, CS; USDA 7-9.
  • Native to southern Europe, western Asia.
  • Species has horizontal branches and dark green foliage, but variants are more often sold.
  • Stricta ('Fastigiata'), columnar Italian cypress, and 'Glauca', blue Italian cypress (really blue-green in color), are classic Mediterranean landscape plants; both are dense, narrow trees to 60 feet high, 510 feet wide at maturity.
  • Swanes Golden', another columnar form, has golden yellow new growth.
  • Tiny Tower is a slow, dense grower that reaches only 8 feet tall, 2 feet wide after 10 years.

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