This tree of the desert mountains is distinguished from the Monterey cypress mainly by its glaucous leaves and cones. It is popular for planting in the Southwest and also as a shapely Christmas tree. There are a few small individuals on the north side of Sand Hill Road west of I-280 along the horse park property. Smooth-barked Arizona cypress, C. a. var. glabra, has succeeded on campus but has been sacrificed to construction except at Hanna House and at Escondido Elementary School in the fenced play yard bordering Stanford Avenue. Another tree is growing in the small courtyard off of office 5, Building C, Welch Road Boulevard.
Name derivation: Cupressus – classical Latin name for C. sempervirens; arizonica – from Arizona.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added the Sand Hill and Welch locations.