Cupressus glabra Sudw.

Smooth Arizona Cypress

A tree growing to about 15 m tall, mostly conical but habit variable. Bark mostly cherry-red, peeling in thin plates. Branches generally ascending. Branchlets with divisions more or less at right angles to one-another, smelling like grapefruit when crushed. Leaves about 1 mm long, pointed, blue-green to waxy blue with glands exuding conspicuous white resin dots. Male cones about 3 mm long, first appearing in Sept. Female cones 1.5-3 cm wide; scales mostly 8 but varying between 5 and 10, generally warty and remaining closed for several seasons. Seeds smooth or warty, mostly with a waxy bloom.

Bark generally peeling in flat reddish plates; foliage blue-green; individual branchlets set almost at right angles to one-another; leaves with white resin dots and smelling of grapefruit when crushed; cones large and often quite warty. Cupressus forbesii Jeps. (C. guadaloupensis Wats. var. forbesii (Jeps.) Little), Tecate Cypress from S California, also with laminating bark, is known from one site only in Victoria - several trees on the high bank above Lake Colac in Colac Botanical Gardens. The trees are old, open and straggling, with large trunks covered with bark peeling in large, smooth scales to reveal green bark beneath that ages orange-brown.

SA: Dirk Dirk (near Nelson Presbyterian Church). NSW: Bathurst (Sportsground); Bowral (Heritage Park); Uralla (Alma Park). VIC: Buchan (Caves); Castlemaine (Bot. Gds); Geelong (Eastern Park); Teesedale (street planting); Werribee (Werribee Park Estate); Yarraville (Gardens). TAS: Midland, near Oatlands, Hagley; Plenty (Salmon Ponds); Westbury (Common).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cupressaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Cupressus glabra 'Angaston'

('Spire') Upright blue-foliaged tree with the branches hanging down the trunk. Found as a seedling in a garden in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, 1980, unregistered.

Cupressus glabra 'Arctic'

Open upright habit with the growing tips near-white in spring, contrasting with the green foliage. Grows to 4 m tall in 10 years. Seedling selection at Duncan and Davies Nsy, New Zealand, listed 1984.

Cupressus glabra 'Blue Ice'

A wind-hardy slow growing conical tree to c. 5 m tall with silvery blue foliage. Listed for Duncan &Davies Nursery, New Zealand, 1984.

Cupressus glabra 'Blue Pyramid'

Like 'Blue Streak' but broader, conical and more open with finer foliage. Originated from Ken Burns of Timaru and introduced by Duncan and Davies Nsy, New Zealand.

Cupressus glabra 'Blue Streak'

Narrowly columnar with bright blue-grey foliage; apparently broader in cooler climate areas. Seedling selection by Vic Levey of Levey Nsy, Beaudesert, Brisbane, Australia; introduced early 1980s.

Cupressus glabra 'Bundalear'

Habit similar to 'Raywood Weeping'; vigorous and upright with the branches hanging down the trunk; foliage blue. Grows c. 6 m in 10 years. Seedling selection of unknown origin.

Cupressus glabra 'Canny'

('Cannys Gold') Narrow as a young plant, widening with age. Foliage golden yellow, fading to green in winter. A cultivar with a strong resemblance to c. macrocarpa. J. Canny, Woods &Forests Dept Nsy, Belair, South Australia, 1956. Published in Standard Catalogue, Woods &Forests dept, Adelaide, 1967.

Cupressus glabra 'Catts Dwarf'

Dwarf, slow-growing, globose to conical, dense with short branches, foliage greyish. Grows to 2 m in 10 years. Catt's Nsy, Sydney, Australia.

Cupressus glabra 'Chapparal'

Broadly columnar; foliage finer, almost juvenile, more creamy white than the species. Seedling selection made by John Emery, Drue Nsy, Berry, New South Wales, Australia and introduced c. 1980.

Cupressus glabra 'Drue Blue'

Conical with ascending branches, semi-juvenile foliage silvery blue. Grows to 6 m tall in 10 years. John Emery, Drue Nsy, Berry, New South Wales, Australia.

Cupressus glabra 'Gold Pyramid'

Found by Vic Levey of Brisbane, Australia and introduced by Duncan and Davies of New Zealand, listed 1972.

Cupressus glabra 'Hodginsii'

Compact, columnar to 10 m or more tall with exceptional dense, silvery foliage to near ground level. A slower-growing habit and foliage seedling variant that originated from Hodgins Nursery of Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria c. 1936. Vic: Dandenongs ('Pirianda'); Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, Tennyson Lawn); Watsonia (Office of Corrections, Grimshaw St).

Cupressus glabra 'Limelight'

Narrowish; foliage bright whitish gold becoming more dense with age, maintaining colour through winter and not burning in the sun. Seedling selection made by Coachwood Nursery, New South Wales and introduced c. 1992.

Cupressus glabra 'Raywood Weeping'

Irregular, conical, branches strongly weeping; foliage greyish. Grows c. 6 m in 10 years. Quentin Wollaston, Raywood Nursery, Delamere, Australia.