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Carolina Sapphire Cypress (Arizona Cypress)

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About Carolina Sapphire Cypress (Arizona Cypress)

The Carolina Sapphire Cypress is a gorgeous privacy tree for all seasons! The Carolina Sapphire produces fragrant scaled foliage that retains its nice silver-blue hue all year long. Additionally, this tree has attractive reddish-brown bark that contrasts nicely with the light-colored leaves.  As it’s an evergreen, this Cypress will never leave your landscape short of foliage coverage.

This selection features a more uniform growth habit than other types of Arizona cypress. It grows in a naturally conical form that requires little pruning. Therefore, it’s perfect for a low-maintenance privacy screen.

Don’t want to wait forever for a sizable privacy screen? The Carolina Sapphire is a notably fast-growing variety, and can grow between 12-32 inches in a single year!

The Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress is ideal as a wind barrier, privacy screen, holiday specimen, or even a container plant if pruned a couple of times a year.

Once established, the Carolina Sapphire proves itself to be notably heat and drought-tolerant. Furthermore, it has impressive deer resistance and salt tolerance.

aches a mature size of 20-30′H x 10-15′ W.

Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 6-9.

Plant in Full Sun for best results.

The Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress is tolerant of a range of soil types, however, it prefers soil with good drainage. In addition, it works well in Xeriscape gardens due to its tolerance to dry soils.

Water 2-3 times a week during the first growing season to ensure that it establishes itself well. Afterward, supplementary water is rarely needed.

Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. This will help to ensure that it has everything it needs to continue growing and thriving.

Spacing Your Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress

Space Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress 6-7 feet apart for a nearly impenetrable wall of foliage. Alternatively, plant 12-15 feet apart for space between plantings.

Looking for a similar plant with slightly slower growth and lower maximum height? Check out the Blue Ice Cypress

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Scientific Name
Cupressus Arizonica var. glabra 'Carolina Sapphire'
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Average Size
20-30' H x 10-15' W
Sun Exposure
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4 reviews for Carolina Sapphire Cypress (Arizona Cypress)

  1. Thomas Pope

    Tag on plant states the nature height is 10-15′ tall. All other info states the trees grow 40 -50′ tall. Which is correct.

    • Team PBM

      Good morning. I will have to look into what the tag says on this plant. My apologies for any confusion. The Carolina Sapphire Cypress does reach maturity at 40-50 feet tall and 20-45 feet wide.- Christy

  2. Bill R Majure

    I planted two of these at about the same time. One from plantsbymail and the other from a local nursury. Both have grown about six feet taller than they were when planted, and that’s in just one year. I know they say that two to three feet per year is their growth rate, but mine have easily doubled that in their first year in my yard. (in Madison, Mississippi) . I’m looking forward to seeing how much they grow in the coming year!

  3. Matthew Nestander (verified owner)

    My only regret is not getting the bigger plant, but hopefully quick growth will make up for it. These are beautiful! Shipped in great condition.

  4. Chris

    Beautiful evergreen with An excellent bluish green color year round. Once established they’re drought tolerant but will grow faster if watered when dry. Mine started out at approximately two feet tall and has grown at least three feet and is now about five feet tall over a year’s time.

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