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


Mary Weber

I am interested in a source for these for Christmas trees on Hawaii Big Island and I am not finding any leads - would you know of any Nursery that sells/ships to Hawaii? Thank you in advance.

David Olszyk

Hi Mary, we have a member who grows Christmas trees out of Hilo. He might actually have this one.

Jessie Castle

I came to this page to figure the same thing out ! I’m actually in big island and trying to get a tree too! I would love to talk to your friend Hilo side. I’ve sold Christmas trees on New York for a few years and I love this tree!

David Olszyk

one of the benefits of becoming a member of the ACS is the ability to view the membership database and build out your network of like enthusiasts. Good luck!

Andres Martinez

Hello, will this tree grow in Los Angeles? I am in Sunset climate zone 22. I see lots of pine trees around.

Daniel Spear

Andres, Yes, this cypress will grow very well in Los Angeles. It prefers full sun and well drained soil. It will grow fast and large. It can take the hot western sun exposure that wilts many plants.


Are these trees sterile?
Are they a hybrid?

David Olszyk

definitely not sterile. They produce lots of pollen and seed cones. No reason to think it's a hybrid. It's a seedling selection from New Zealand.

Julia Gies

'Blue Ice' is drought tolerant. Is it susceptible to root rot during the winter rains here in the Pacific NW?