Form: large loose pyramidal tree, with age more open and round
Size: 40-50ft with 20ft or greater spread
Cupressus arizonica at Tohono chul park
Leaves: scale, silver or blue; leaf color may vary from parent when grown from seed
Flowers: not significant
Fruit: rounded cone, 1in diameter, persists; looks like soccer ball
Stems/Trunks: bark normally rough, dark; C. glabra has smooth red inner bark
Range/Origin: southwest US above 3000ft
Hardiness: to 0°F
- large specimen
- screen, windblock
- Exposure: full sun, reflected sun
- Water: infrequent but deep, good drainage
- Soil: adaptable; not as good in rocky soils
- Propagation: seed, or vegetative cuttings to preserve desired characteristics
- Maintenance: minimal
leaf form of
does not thrive in Tucson/low desert areas; at the very limit of its elevation range here
C. glabra is confused with cultivars of C. arizonica G. glabra very similar except for bark shedding habit. Some varieties identified as C. arizonica may actually be C. glabra.
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