Herb: Arizona Cypress

Latin name: Cupressus arizonica

Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)

Description of the plant:


25 m
(82 feet)

August to

Habitat of Arizona Cypress:

Rocky or gravelly soils of canyons and ravines, 1000 - 2650 metres.

Other uses of the herb:

Trees are very drought tolerant and are planted on slopes in its native range in order to prevent soil erosion. Wood - soft, close-grained. Hard, heavy and durable according to another report. Used for general construction and fuel.

Propagation of Arizona Cypress:

Seed - sow late winter in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Three weeks cold stratification can improve germination rates. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20C. The seedlings are very subject to damping off so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed can store for several years. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, September in a frost-proof frame. April/May is the best time to take cuttings.

Cultivation of the herb:

Rocky or gravelly soils of canyons and ravines, 1000 - 2650 metres.

Medicinal use of Arizona Cypress:

None known

Known hazards of Cupressus arizonica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.