Cupressus Arizonica var. glabra 'Carolina Sapphire'
Conical, broadly pyramidal growing conifer. Grows slightly taller, and much faster than "Blue Ice" - makes a great privacy screen or wind barrier. Same reddish purple flaky bark with spirally arranged blue-silver, glaucous sprays of leaves/needles. Slightly more erect growth habit than most Arizona Cypress. Very beautiful specimen tree for those who want something a little different and out of the ordinary. Developed by Clemson University.
Plant Facts & Specifications
40 - 50 ft
15 - 20 ft
Fast ( 12" - 20" avg per yr )
6-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below - or check out our Hardiness Zone Map & Information Page )
Full to partial sun
Average to slightly sandy & acidic - well drained
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - Thick, sturdy foliage has a beautiful silvery blue / teal coloration year round. Very aromatic when rubbed or crushed.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Cones - globular cones are anywhere from 1" - 1 1/4" in diameter and begin as a greenish silver color, slowly ripening to a reddish mahogany brown color in fall. Cones contain several small seeds.
--Diseases / Insects:
Generally rather trouble free, and very drought tolerant. Occasional canker ( Seridium cardinale ) has been observed in areas of extremely high humidity - but very, very rare.
6 - 7 feet apart recommended for most typical privacy screen / windbreak plantings.
--Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 -6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding:
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeasfor use with all of evergreen species. However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Holly Tone is excellent ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting.
POOPeas may be used at anytime.
Additional Features & Characteristics:
--Drought Tolerant Selection: Carolina Sapphire has shown itself to be very drought tolerant, and have fairly low overall water requirement once established.