A: The Arizona Cypress, Cupressus arizonica, is a native of North America, grows quickly to heights of 30-40 feet with a limb spread of 15-25 feet so give it plenty of room. It has brown bark that naturally peels and grays with age. It is very drought tolerant so be sure to plant it high and dry. Arizona Cypress requires full sun but can tolerate a variety of soil types with the exception of clay. The tree roots do not develop a strong hold in clay soil and the tree has been known to topple when planted in clay accompanied by strong wind gusts.Some locations along the east coast are too humid for this drought tolerant plant and Arizona Cypress has been known to develop juniper blight as a result.
Q: I am thinking of planting Arizona Cypress as a windbreak. What kind of environment does this tree prefer?