Arizona Cypress

Hesperocyparis arizonica

Arizona Cypress, Cedro Blanco

About This Plant

An evergreen conifer with dense gray-green or bluish foliage and a pyramidal form. Arizona cypress is fast-growing and drought-tolerant in San Antonio, providing strong form to xeriscapes. Various cultivars are available; it’s often grown for Christmas trees. In the wild, Arizona cypress is found not in forests but in scattered groupings, often growing with oak and California fan palm.

Origins: West Texas, southwestern U.S., northern Mexico.


Pruning is always optional with Arizona cypress. In general, focus on minimizing dead or damaged branches. Cuts should only be made at a bud or branch; as with any tree, remove no more than 25% of the total canopy during any five-year cycle. To maintain a healthy specimen, leave the upper 2/3 of the tree’s height uncut, and never remove more than the lowest third of the tree in a single pruning period — for example, on a 12-foot tree, stick to the lowest 4 feet.

A West Texas evergreen, and a fast-growing anchor for the watersaver landscape.

Min. Height: 30'

Max Height: 35 feet'

Min. Width: 15'

Max Width: 25 feet'

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