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Arizona Cypress, Cupressus arizonica

Common Name: Arizona Cypress

Type: tree

Family: Cypressaceae

Zone: 7 to 9          Find Your Zone

Height: 30 to 40 feet

Width: 10 to 15 feet

Sun exposure: sun to partial shade

Soil: adaptable, clay, sandy, loam,acidic

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen or Miracle Gro Evergreen Tree Spikes


I planted 3 of these between the neighbor and I 14 years ago and they were getting a decent amount of shade from my maple tree and his sweetgum tree and they are now almost 20 feet tall and doing well. They also tolerate heat very well and have outstanding drought tolerance.


This tree starts out conical like the Leyland cypress but then broadens out more like a Christmas tree. This tree does better in Southern regions of the United States and makes a good windbreak and also good for erosion control.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Posted 2015-09-10T17:52:18+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL