Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Chaparral' is a large growing, narrowly upright, tree-form of Arizona cypress with unique, seafoam-green colored foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure up to 10 feet (3 m) tall and 5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 inches (30 cm) or more. 'Chaparral performs best when planted in full sun in well-draining ordinary soil.
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1980s by John Emery of Drue Wholesale Nursery, Berry, Australia.
'Chaparral' does well in the Raleigh, NC area of Zone 7b. Its spectacular cream colored outer foliage, overlaying the powdery blue-green interior, remains constant, year round. This specimen has been in my garden for four years. In that time, it's grown approximately three feet. It's sited in full sun.
Photo by Sandy Horn