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Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Carolina Sapphire'

Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Carolina Sapphire'
Common name Arizona cypress
Family cupressaceae
Life cycle tree (Z7)
Size 40-60'
Light sun
Cultural notes drought tolerant

Upright-growing grey-blue-green conifer. Commonly used as a Christmas tree around here (Texas), although it is an acquired taste in that role for those accustomed to spruces and firs for their holiday decoration. We purchased one as a Christmas tree our first year in Houston, from a saw-your-own lot, and decided to buy a somewhat neglected potted specimen at a local nursery the following year. The first few months, through winter, we grew it in a large pot set in our backyard, but it often blew over in windy weather, winding up worse for the wear from spending more time in horizontal orientation than it appreciated. So in March of the following year, I set it out in the back border behind our pond, where Amy hoped to decorate it for Christmas. That hasn't actually happened, but in the last few years it has grown into a real tree, not Christmas-tree like in stature (more like a voluminous Santa), but creating a nice green backdrop to the plantings near our pond and in our rock garden zone.

Arizona cypress
Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Carolina Sapphire'

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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