Fact sheet: Arizona cypress
This rapidly-growing North American native evergreen reaches 30 to 40 feet in height with a 15 to 25-foot-spread. It is referred to as Cupressus glabra by some botanists. The green foliage has a silver/gray shimmer and the branches are more open than most other species of juniper. The inconspicuous flowers are followed by small, 1-inch cones which persist on the tree. The peeling brown bark becomes gray with age. Arizona cypress is often used as a specimen or windbreak planting and is a common sight in west Texas and the southern High Plains where it tolerates the hot, dry conditions with ease.
Pronunciation: koo-PRESS-us air-ih-ZAWN-ih-kuh variety air-ih-ZAWN-ih-kuh
Common name(s): Arizona cypress
Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden