Cupressus glabra 'Blue Ice' / Blue Ice Arizona Cypress

Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Blue Ice' is a compact, conical selection of Arizona cypress with exceptionally attractive, frosty, silver-Blue foliage. Although fairly slow-growing, 'Blue Ice' will assume a substantial tree form over time, growing more than 1 foot (30 cm) per year and will be nearly 15 feet (4.5 m) tall and 8 feet (2.4 m) wide after 10 years in the landscape. It is extremely tolerant of hot sun and drought conditions.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1960 by Duncan & Davies Nursery, New Plymouth, New Zealand who subsequently introduced it to the nursery trade in 1984.

Cupressus glabra 'Blue Ice' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Cupressus glabra 'Blue Ice' in the Gotelli Collection of the U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Cupressus glabra 'Blue Ice' in a private garden in Kansas, October 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier


Suzanne Kranc

Is there a non-pollinating/female-only cultivar of this tree?