Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: seed can be treated with Captan (4 tablespoons/gallon of water) during stratification to prevent fungal problems
The Hesperocyparis arizonica, or Arizona Cypress, is an evergreen tree that grows to heights of 10-25 meters, with dense sprays of foliage ranging from gray-green to blue-green in color. Its unique conic to ovoid-conic crown and shiny reddish-brown bark exfoliates in scales, giving it a distinct appearance. This conifer is best suited for dry western regions and is highly drought tolerant, making it a popular choice for planting on slopes to prevent soil erosion. The tree's soft, close-grained wood is also useful for general construction and fuel. The Hesperocyparis arizonica has seed cones that remain closed for many years but open after a wildfire to allow the seeds to colonize bare ground. Male cones release pollen in February-March. For a unique addition to your landscape that can withstand harsh conditions, consider planting the Hesperocyparis arizonica.