Cupressus arizonica fagistata or ‘Blue Arizona Cypress’ is a truly remarkable conifer with a charming ornamental quality. The unusual but glorious blue and green foliage is supplemented with tints of yellow moving into the winter providing an interesting palette of colours throughout the seasons. Its dense, conical growing habit makes it perfect for living topiary great for flanking a doorway or potted on the patio adding an elegant touch of structure and form to your outdoor space.
Arizona Cypress will grow in almost all fertile, well drained soils. Try to plant in a sunny site sheltered from cold drying winds.
Containerized Arizona Cypress can be planted all year round, when the hedge is dormant and energy from photosynthesis is put into root growth. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free, you can then mulch with stones or bark. Always plant to the same depth as the container it arrived in.
Caring and Maintenance
After planting it is important to ensure that your Arizona Cypress is well watered but not soggy or waterlogged to help ensure root establishment. New trees are likely to need soaking once or twice a week but this can be more often during hot weather. This is essential for the first year after planting.
You can trim your Arizona Cypress tree immediately after planting by trimming any shoots or branches that break the shape of the hedge. This encourages new growth to ensure the tree grows as thickly as possible and should be done twice a year. Once the hedge is established and mature the hedge should be trimmed up to three times during the growing season (April – August).
"Lovely healthy and beautifully coloured conifer. I'm looking forward to it enhancing my garden for years to come."
Reviewed Tuesday, 7 November 2017