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Arizona Cypress, Arizona Rough Cypress, Cedro, Cedro Blanco, Rough Bark Arizona Cypress
Cupressus arizonica var. arizonica


Arizona Cypress is native to Texas only in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park, but is widely cultivated as a speciman tree and for dense windbreaks in west Texas and the southern High Plains, as a Christmas tree for the southwestern states, and for erosion control in dry areas. It is a medium to large evergreen tree with small scale-like green, blue-gray to silver- blue leaves. It is compact, drought tolerant and fast-growing. Trees are narrowly conical in youth, broadening somewhat with age. Old specimens have attractive exfoliating or fissured red-brown to black-brown bark.

Plant Habit or Use: upright conifer medium tree large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: monoecious, not ornamental, pollen causes allergic reactions in some people

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small globular cone

Height: 30 to 50 ft., 90+ ft. possible

Width: 10 to 20 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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