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Carolina Sapphire

Scientific Name: Cupressus arizonica
Best Planted In Zone: 6-9


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The Carolina Sapphire, cultivar of the Arizona Cypress, is a conical, broadly pyramidal growing conifer. This fast growing evergreen tree grows faster than a Leyland Cypress. It has reddish purple flaky bark with spirally arranged blue-silver, sprays of needles. Carolina Sapphire has a pleasing aroma when brushed against or moved by the wind; some people describe as a cross between a lemon and a mint. At maturity it reaches a height of 30-50 feet with a width between 10-15 feet. It can grow anywhere from 3 to 5 feet a year depending on soil and care. USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
To plant, dig a hole no deeper than the root ball and two to three times the width of the root ball and fill it with water. If the hole drains within a few hours, you have good drainage. If the water is still standing 12 hours later, improve the drainage in your bed, perhaps by establishing a raised bed. Turn and break up the soil removed from the planting hole. If the native soil removed from the planting hole is compacted or heavy clay, mix in organic compost at a 25 to 30% ratio to condition soil. Remove your plant from its container and carefully but firmly loosen the root ball. Set the plant into the hole you've prepared, making sure the top of the root ball is slightly above the soil level to allow for settling. Pull your backfill soil mixture around the root ball in the hole, tamping as you go to remove air pockets. Then water thoroughly and cover with a one to two-inch layer of mulch.
Plant in locations that provide well-drained soil and full to mostly sun. These trees will grow much thinner with more shade than sun. This is a tall-growing North American native evergreen that is excellent for use as a tall screen or buffer to block an unwanted view or as a sound, dust and wind barrier. Plant them about 10-12 feet apart to allow for good air circulation.