Cupressus glabra 'Raywood Weeping' / Raywood Weeping Arizona cypress

Cupressus arizonica var. glabra 'Raywood Weeping' is an irregular upright weeping selection of Arizona cypress with cloaked branching and fantastic, aromatic, bright-blue foliage. Young plants must be initially staked to establish an upright growth pattern. From the point of the highest stake, plants will continue skyward, arc toward the ground of do something else, entirely. No two plants are alike.

This conifer will do its best when routinely tip pruned every year. This practice will result in denser branching and fewer bare branches. It is also quite tolerant of aesthetic pruning to quite artistic results. If left to grow on its own, growth metrics would be difficult to describe due to the variable nature of the plant. However, the strongest shoots will extend 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) each year, resulting in a substantial-sized tree over time.

[ Robert Fincham ] This tree resembles a prehistoric creature with its strongly pendulous branches and a central trunk that will "do its own thing" if not staked. The color is bright blue.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1980s by Quenton Wollaston and later introduced to the nursery trade by Raywood Nursery, Delamere, South Australia, Australia.

Cupressus glabra 'Raywood Weeping' in a private garden in Kansas. Photo from October 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Cupressus glabra 'Raywood Weeping' — a young plant in a private garden in northern Virginia.
Photo by John Auditore