Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees

Cupressus arizonica 'Carolina Sapphire'

Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees are a super fast-growing evergreen tree. Like Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire is drought tolerant and establishes quickly, but is often faster growing and performs better in more marginal soils than Leyland Cypress. Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees gain width quicker than Thuja Green Giant and is a much better choice for the deep south heat. Great Privacy Tree

Growzone: 6-9

As Low As $19.95
1. Choose Size & Quantity
Size Price Quantity
1.5 to 2 Feet Tall $19.95
2 to 3 Feet Tall $39.95
3 to 4 Feet Tall $59.95
2. Choose Recommended Add-Ons
Product Price Quantity
Espoma Bio-Tone Plus Starter Plus $16.95
Espoma Holly-Tone $12.95
15" Tree Staking kit by DeWitt $16.95

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This Plants Growzone: 6-9
Growing Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 30-40 feet
Mature Width: 15-20 feet
Sunlight: Full Sun
Foliage Color: Blue-Gray
Habit: Upright pyramidal
Soil Condition: Average to Sandy Soil
Uses: Privacy screen

Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees for Sale Online 

Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees are a super fast-growing evergreen tree. Like Leyland Cypress Trees, Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees are drought-tolerant and establish quickly, but is often faster growing and performs better in more marginal soils than Leyland Cypress Trees. Carolina Sapphire gains width quicker than Thuja Green Giant trees and is a much better choice for the deep south heat.

Highlights of Carolina Sapphire Cypress:

  • Great for use as a privacy screen, wind break, specimen tree, or focal point
  • Fast-growing adding 3' to 5' per year
  • Deer and disease resistant
  • Spirally arranged blue-silver foliage contrasts well with other plants

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Full Description

The Arizona Cypress is a native of interior Mexico extending into the southwestern United States where it is the only native Cypress. Carolina Sapphire Cypress was developed at Clemson University in 1968. It is a relatively new cultivar of Arizona Cypress. This evergreen tree grows in a compact for with lacy blue green foliage and has a nice Christmas tree shape.

Carolina Sapphire Cypress as a Privacy Screen

Carolina Sapphire Cypress is hardy to Zone 7. It is a pyramidal tree, which can reach up to 40 feet tall and up to 20 feet wide which makes it good for tall screen. It is graceful, and somewhat open in habit of growth. Give Carolina Sapphire Cypress trees ample room, to allow for symmetry of growth. It grows well in a variety of soils, but prefers good drainage. The Carolina Sapphire Cypress tree is great if you need to create fast privacy for your home. It’s a fast growing tree growing around 2-3 feet per year where its happy. We recommend planting Carolina Sapphire Cypress in a line with about 6 feet apart from each other to create quick privacy, however they can be planted at 10 to 12 foot intervals if you don’t mind waiting a bit for privacy. When planting alone the tree takes on a pyramidal shape and can be grown as a specimen tree to break sight-lines.

Carolina Sapphire Cypress as a Formal Hedge

The Carolina Sapphire Cypress is widely used as a quick growing formal hedge. Plant 6 to 8 feet apart, depending upon your desired results. Trim when needed but we do suggest waiting until after the initial flush of soft spring growth. If it is pruned every year, Carolina Sapphire Cypress will create a lacy blue-green evergreen screen or box-shaped hedge, similar to a Yew hedge. Carolina Sapphire Cypress can be kept to any height as long as you trim it once or twice a year.

Insect problems with Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees

Carolina Sapphire Cypress normally have only a few insects that cause any real problems. Bag-worms are probably the worst pest, on small trees Bag-worms can be picked by hand but larger trees need to be sprayed. Scale is another insect that attacks Cypress, they look like little crusty flakes covering the needles and branches. Scale feed on sap causing a chlorosis (yellow) look to the needles. The most difficult insect to control on Carolina Sapphire Cypress is Spider Mites. These are very small insects that can be seen with a magnifying glass. Feeding on the sap causes needles to turn yellow and later brown. Spidermites have become resistant to most of the old chemicals. We recommend using only true miticides for control.

History and Introduction of Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees

For a major species it was discovered by Euro-Americans rather recently in history. Credit for the discovery goes to E. L. Greene, who made the find in the 1880's. In Huntsville, Alabama, this has been a good plant, and provides a striking upright contrast in the landscape. The cultivar Carolina Sapphire was developed at Clemson University in 1968. It is a relatively new cultivar of Arizona Cypress. This evergreen tree grows in a compact for with lacy blue green foliage and has a nice Christmas tree shape.

Planting Information

Follow these guidelines for the best results.



Never plant Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees deeper than originally planted in the pot. As a rule we always say that before you mulch you should still be able to see the soil from the original pot. Planting to deep can cause rotting of the stem and death to the tree. Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees are very drought tolerant, however they grow very slow without adequate water during the initial establishment period. Staking young trees is recommended to minimize the stress on the stem from winds blowing the tree. When tying trees to stakes remember the tree will continue to grow. Loosely tie the tree with several twist ties to allow for growth. Check trees every three months and loosen as needed. If this is not done, the twist tie will grow into the tree causing injury. A Pro tip that we can offer is to use a short length of old garden hose and run the tie wire through the hose. this will protect the trunk of the tree from being damaged by the tie wire. The one question that comes up often when talking to customers is “when is the best time to plant.”? For the most part, container trees can be planted year around, provided the ground isn’t frozen. Below Virginia many nurseries and Christmas tree growers field plant year around, weather permitting. When planting a potted tree, remember the only water source the tree has, is its small root ball, and all the water the tree uses must come from them until new roots can grow into the surrounding soil. New trees should be watered twice weekly (Minimum), under hot drier conditions possibly more. Care should be taken not to over water. More trees die from over watering than under.



We recommend when planting your Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees to use Bio-tone starter fertilizer by Espoma. We have trialed many so called “starter fertilizers” over the years and have come to rely on Bio-tone exclusively for our own use. Simply mix the recommended amount of Bio-tone into the back fill soil and water in generously when back filled. Bio-tone® Starter Plus is an all-natural plant food that is combined with a stronger concentration of beneficial bacteria along with both endo and ecto mycorrhizae. Basically the “good” fungus in Bio-tone colonizes on the growing roots of your newly planted plant and does not allow disease causing fungus to attack the new roots. It has also shown promise in stimulating the growth of the new roots which means quicker establishment for you plant. After establishment and during the following years we recommend Holly-tone used at the recommended rates. It is also organic and slow release which will feed your Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees the proper amount of nutrients over a period of time rather than all at once which can burn the root tips and actually have the opposite effect of slowing down plant growth. It also will help to maintain the acid level in the soil that Carolina Sapphire Cypress need to thrive.



After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Carolina Sapphire Cypress Trees a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

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