Common name: Arizona Cypress

Cupressus arizonica, the Arizona cypress, is a species of cypress native to the southwest of North America, Arizona, southwest New Mexico, southern California, the Chisos Mountains of west Texas, and in Mexico in Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas and northern Baja California. In the wild, the species is often found in small, scattered populations, not necessarily in large forests.
It is a medium-sized coniferous evergreen tree with a conic to ovoid-conic crown. It grows to heights of 10–25 m (32.8-82.0 ft), and its trunk diameter reaches 0.5 m (19.7 in). The foliage grows in dense sprays, varying from dull gray-green to bright glaucous blue-green in color. The leaves are scale-like, 2–5 mm long, and produced on rounded (not flattened) shoots. The seed cones are globose to oblong, 15–33 mm long, with 6 or 8 (rarely 4 or 10) scales, green at first, maturing gray or gray-brown about 20–24 months after pollination. The cones remain closed for many years, only opening after the parent tree is killed in a wildfire, thereby allowing the seeds to colonize the bare ground exposed by the fire. The male cones are 3–5 mm long, and release pollen in February–March.
Arizona Cypress, particularly the strongly glaucous var. glabra, is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree
(From Wikipedia on 10.12.13)


Cupressus arizonica Greene
Tree with pale to glaucous-green acute leaves and about 2.5 cm across female cones.

Photographed from Kashmir.

Cupressaceae family consists of Cypresses, Junipers, swamp Cypresses and Redwwods.

The only conifer family that occurs all over the world, in all continents(except Antarctica)

Thanks for showing this species. It looks close to Platycladus orientalis.


Cupressus arizonica from Kashmir : Attachments (3). 6 posts by 4 authors.
Cupressus arizonica from Kashmir, with glaucous leaves and female cones with 6-8 scales.

Photographed on June 24 from Shankeracharya hill.

Wow Arizona Cupressus !! Never seen it . only knew the name.

This does appear to be C. arizonica. Bark on this species is usually purplish-red and exfoliating.

Just wanted to ask if this is wild of planted.

Most trees which are non-native are usually planted. I avoid using the term/cultivated for woody plants because once planted they are sure to stay for many many years. That is true for most trees in Kashmir including famour Platanous orientalis, Robinia pseudoacacia, Populus italica, P. alba, Salix babylonica, S. caprea, S. alba to mention a few.

Cupressus kashmiriana is of course a native species of which several trees have been planted in FRI. I don’t know whether they are still there not (last visited FRI in 1976)


Attached are pictures of Cupressus arizonica from Almora, Uttarakhand captured in November 2012.

Requested to please validate ID.

efi page on Cupressus arizonica (Culitvated) 

Can u pl send the habit (Full view of the tree) photo and female cones

Introduced ?? Looks matching Plants for a Future.  POWO