Botanical name: Cupressus arizonica Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress family)
Arizona Cypress is a medium-sized evergreen tree with a conic to ovoid-conic crown. It grows to heights of 10-25 m, and its trunk diameter reaches 50 cm. Leaves grow in dense sprays, varying from dull gray-green to bright glaucous blue-green in color. Leaves are scale-like, 2-5 mm long, and are produced on rounded (not flattened) shoots. The seed cones are spherical to oblong, 1.5-3.3 cm long, with 6 or 8 (rarely 4 or 10) scales, green at first, maturing to gray or gray-brown about 20-24 months after pollination. The cones remain closed for many years, only opening after the parent tree is killed in a wildfire, thereby allowing the seeds to colonize the bare ground exposed by the fire. The male cones are 3-5 mm long, and release pollen in February-March.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Arizona Cypress is ...