Blue Ice Cypress Tree
Blue Ice Cypress Leaf
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Blue Ice Cypress Tree
Blue Ice Cypress Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 7-9
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Blue Ice Cypress

Cupressus glabra 'Blue Ice'

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Prepare to be dazzled. Blue Ice Cypress is probably the frostiest, brightest, bluest tree you’ll ever see. This uncommon conifer is maybe even a little more striking than Blue Spruce—and it doesn’t have the prickles! Blue Ice grows much more quickly than Blue Spruce, too, making it a good choice for those who want that classic blue pyramidal evergreen look, but don’t want to wait so long for their specimen to fill out. Give it full sun and excellent drainage, and Blue Ice Cypress will give your landscape that WOW factor in no time.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 7-9
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Scattered throughout the Southwestern United States and into Mexico are populations of this gorgeous evergreen everblue species, the Arizona Cypress.  They’re tenacious trees, unfazed by searing heat and strong winds, and they can handle icy-cold winters, too.  Wildfires are even their friend, as the seeds for the next generation are released only by fire.  This extra-blue selection was discovered in New Zealand, of all places.  It was found by the world-famous (in horticultural circles anyway) Duncan and Davies Nursery in 1960, finally making its way into commerce in 1984.

The Details

Give Blue Ice Cypress room to grow. We know it looks skinny as a youngster, but it will grow fast. If you want to give it a tighter shape and control the size a bit, this tree does accept shearing. However, you must start early—don’t wait until the tree is already too big for the space.

How to Grow

Remember where this tree came from originally, and you’ll know what it wants. A native of the Southwest, it needs good drainage and minimal water.  You may have to keep it staked the first year, but after it sinks some roots into the ground, it will be able to withstand a windy site without support.  It will grow quickly—two feet a year is not uncommon!  Blue Ice has a pungent Christmas tree smell that deer don’t seem to like.  It rarely has any trouble from insects or disease, either.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 12'
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Blue
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

5-6' tall grown in our #15 tree container. This tree will be a standout in your landscape immediately upon planting.

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Blue Ice Cypress Tree
Blue Ice Cypress Leaf
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