Cypress trees for the desert southwest
Cypress trees for the southwest. Most Cypress trees are moderate to low watering trees once established. It will take about 2-4 years before these trees become established. They are evergreen throughout the year and require little maintenance. If you want them to look good and grow faster, they will need evergreen fertilizer at least once per month during the first 2-3 years after being planted.
Benefits: Fast growing, drought tolerant once established. Very little pruning or maintenance.
Problems: Like most conifers, they are suspectable to spider mites in dry hot climates. Needle blight and canker are also a problem. Read more about these problems over at Homeguides.com
Peter A. Hogg Photo photo.
Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica glabra) – Can be used as a wind break or tall privacy screen. A sturdy evergreen noted for the reddish type bark and dark green foliage. Very drought tolerant can withstand drought conditions.
It Likes full sun. Fast grower to 40 feet tall, 20 feet wide. Does excellent in the Southwest. USDA Zones 6-9 Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer just before new growth begins in spring.
Monrovia Photo. Blue Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica ‘Blue Pyramid’) – Drought tolerant once established. Evergreen. Full sun. Very fast-growing cypress grows up to 20 to 25 feet high, 10 to 12 feet wide. Cutting grown. This cypress tree provides excellent color during the colder months.
USDA Zones 6-9 Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Cypress Trees for The Southwest
Monrovia Photo Blue Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens ‘Glauca’) – Great looking tall Mediterranean cypress with attractive blue-green foliage. An ideal conifer to dominate a landscape with its densely branched, narrow columnar form.
Like most cypress trees it is an evergreen tree. Likes full sun and is very drought tolerant once established. Fast grower to 60 to 80 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide; can be larger. Be sure to follow a regular watering schedule during the two years of growth to establish a deep, extensive root system. Cut back on watering once established.
Feed with a general purpose evergreen fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. USDA Zones 6-9 Color Your World Nurseries located in Las Cruces, NM will usually have this type of cypress tree in stock. Ask your friendly retail nursery for such a tree.
Leyandii Cypress Cupressocyparis leylandii ‘Moncal‘. It will grow to about 25’ ft or so. It is a great ornamental tree for a front entrance or for showy landscape design. It can block the view of neighbors or nearby traffic.
It is an easy care tree that rarely needs trimming and can be used for a good windbreak screen. Perfect for the Southwestern winds during spring.