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Silver Smoke Arizona Cypress
'Silver Smoke' has the brightest, smokey grey foliage we've ever seen on a Cupressus glabra. More details below!

Silver Smoke Arizona Cypress

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Silver Smoke Arizona Cypress
Cupressus glabra 'Silver Smoke'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Cypress tree is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring. That said, it will need a well-lit indoor location and will need to be transplanted to the landscape when it becomes to large to grow in a container.

Special Attributes

This unique clone of the Carolina Sapphire Cypress is a total winner! 'Silver Smoke' has the brightest, smokey grey foliage we've ever seen on a Cupressus glabra, also known as the Arizona Cypress. The foliage produces the illusion of smoke against its reddish brown, peeling bark. The habit and form is similar to others in the genus but the color of Silver Smoke leaves all others in the smoke! A fine alternative to or in combination with the Leyland Cypress in privacy screen plantings.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in an upright conical form 20 to 30 feet tall and 8-12 feet wide, the Silver Smoke Cypress is ideal for use in evergreen privacy screen plantings, where it can be mixed with other evergreens to create a pleasing effect. It is also useful to frame in the corners of tall homes and other buildings or as a specimen or background anywhere in sunny landscape borders. A fine addition to conifer gardens, bird gardens, wildlife gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs). Perfect for an outdoor Christmas tree!

Suggested Spacing:  8-10 feet for privacy screen plantings;  16 feet or more for space between trees

Cultural Preferences

The Silver Smoke Cypress is tolerant of a wide range of soils, even clay, preferring a moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and plenty of sunshine. Will tolerate light shade, but plants in full to mostly sun are much fuller. Minimal to no maintenance, no pruning necessary to keep its dense, naturally conical form. Exceptionally drought tolerant when established.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Cypress trees.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Coniferous Evergreen Tree
Height at Maturity:  20-30'
Width at Maturity:  8-10'
Spacing:  8' apart for hedges or screens; 14'+ apart for space between
Growth Habit / Form:  Conical, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Foliage Color: Smoky Light Silver-Grey
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes, pine scented
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Insect

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