Cupressus arizonicavar. glabra'Aurea' is an upright, broadly conical densely branched small tree with striking mustard-yellow young foliage which fades to green in winter. Despite its lack of chlorophyll, it is a fairly fast-growing plant, at a rate of nearly 1 foot (30 cm) per year and 2-thirds as wide. After 10 years in the landscape, a specimen will be about 10 feet (3 m) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide.
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by J. Canny of the Woods and Forestry Department nursery, South Australia in 1956.
Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Aurea,' at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk