Height: 45 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Other Names: Cupressus arizonica var. glabra
A very narrowly columnar and upright accent tree, foliage is wonderfully silver-blue with white flecks; use as a solitary accent in the yard or a large garden, very hard to miss all season long
Blue Ice Smooth Arizona Cypress has attractive white-spotted silvery blue foliage. The threadlike leaves are highly ornamental and remain silvery blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Blue Ice Smooth Arizona Cypress is an open evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Blue Ice Smooth Arizona Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
Planting & Growing
Blue Ice Smooth Arizona Cypress will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.