Arizona cypress Cupressaceae Hesperocyparis arizonica Greene Listen to the Latin symbol: HEAR22 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Evergreen, scale-like, keeled, tight and crowded on the twig in opposite pairs resulting in a square twig, glandular and often resinous; gray-green to silvery blue, often quite glaucous, bad smelling when bruised.
Flower: Species is monoecious; males are small, pale yellow-green at ends of branch tips; females small light green near branch tips.
Fruit: Dry, round, woody, serotinous (open with fire) cones, 1 inch in diameter, 6 to 8 pointed scales, initially glaucous and green but turning brown when mature; mature in two growing seasons and remain on branches for several years.
Twig: Slender, square, covered in scale-like leaves, pointed at tips, turning gray with age; typically branch at nearly right angles.
Bark: Very attractive, shreddy and peeling in long strips to reveal gray and reddish brown patches; on older trees the bark may develop a fine, shallow furrowed pattern or reveal a mottled patchy look.
Form: An upright, straight tree to 60 feet, narrow (widens with age), dense, conical crown with branches low to the ground.

Looks like: Tecate cypress - Monterey cypress - Rocky Mountain juniper - Utah juniper
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Additional Range Information:
Hesperocyparis arizonica is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Arizona cypress.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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