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Cupressus arizonica-Arizona Cypress

Arizona Cypress is native to central Arizona, from 3000 to 8000 foot elevations. It performs well in hot, interior climates, and is cold hardy to -15 F. This fast-growing evergreen tree can reach a mature size of 30 to 40 feet tall by 20 feet wide. The foliage can vary from blue-green to silver, and is a nice contrast to the reddish-brown bark. Arizona cypress has inconspicuous flowers, followed by rounded reddish-brown cones approximately 1 inch in diameter. For many years this tree has been a favorite windbreak in high desert grasslands. It also is useful in erosion control. Plant Arizona cypress in full sun and well-drained soil, and provide deep, infrequent summer irrigations. USDA Zone 5.

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