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Cupressus arizonica var. arizonica

Arizona Cypress

A moderately large cypress to over 25 m (80 ft.) tall, native to western Texas, New Mexico and southeastern Arizona between 900 to 1500 m (3000 to 4900 ft.) and northeastern Mexico to 2700 m (8900 ft.), where it grows on dry slopes and in canyons. The scale-like leaves on much-branched shoots have a silvery-blue hue. While young trees have a conical shape, old plants develop a dense, broad, spreading crown. Hardy to drought and severe freezes, it is best suited to dry temperate climates in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 9. Seeds require cold stratification for a month after sowing.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds should be stored in refrigerator. Typically soak seeds for 72 -96 hours then plant. Germination rate is usually in the 5-10% range. Germinates best outdoors in spring and fall. Usually takes about 3 weeks for seeds to germinate. Depth of burial - 1/4 inch.
Submitted on 26/04/2011 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Texas in United States they need little care and grow normal.
While this tree is very drought resistant when established, it needs some care when first transplanted. Plant in full sun in well-drained locations. Recommend twice a week watering for first six weeks, especially smaller trees or during summer. Once a week watering after that for the first year, tapering off to once a month during cold weather. Second year watering once every two weeks tapering off again in winter. Taper off watering also during rainy periods. Average yearly growth for ten trees was 14 inches in Zone 8 Texas. Oldest of trees is seven years old and eleven ft. in height and receives no irrigation.
Submitted on 26/04/2011 by Tom Hamilton

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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