|The Smooth-Bark Arizona Cypress is an
evergreen that grows at elevations between
3500 - 5500 ft. Its most distinguishing feature is its bark, which sheds
as the tree matures, revealing the smooth, dark reddish inner bark that
gives the tree its name.
This picture was taken in the
Mazatzal Wilderness, where several nice stands of Smooth-Bark
Arizona Cypress may be found.
Like most cypress & juniper, the tree has thick,
blue-green, scale-like, evergreen leaves. Cones are round and woody to 1
inch in diameter. They open when mature and may remain attached to the
tree for a number of years.