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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Drought Tolerant Evergreen Planting Mix

Helps your Drought Tolerant Evergreen get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
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Mature Height:

40 ft.

Mature Width:

15 ft.


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Thrives on Neglect!

  • Extremely drought tolerant
  • Forms a thick privacy screen
  • Adaptable to various soil types

The attractive 'Blue Sapphire' Cypress is the most drought tolerant of any evergreen! There is no need to worry about heat waves and water restrictions with this hardy tree. Stands up to the extreme weather conditions that damage and even kill most evergreens.

These trees are referred to as "Arizona Cypress" in arid, southwestern regions, and is called "Blue Cypress" in the southeastern states. It's an extremely versatile tree that can be planted anywhere within its growing zones.

The Blue Sapphire is a low maintenance Cypress that requires no upkeep to preserve its great shape. Fantastic for use as a hedge, privacy screen, or property divider.

Its unique blue-green foliage also lets the Blue Sapphire stand alone as an accent tree! This resilient evergreen is adaptable to just about any type of soil.

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I got three of these as a replacement for three Thuja Green giants that did not make it through the hottest dryest summer in over 50 years in Texas. I planted in the fall and they did great this summer which was almost as hot and dry as the previous summer. They grew 2 feet and are much thicker than when I got them. I also bought a couple of these that were 6 feet tall from a local nursery and planted at the same time. The smaller 4 feet trees I got from fast growing trees established and started growing faster. The bigger trees froh the nursery are growing now but they set there doing nothing through much of the first year. Excellent tree for South Central Texas
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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Drought Tolerant Evergreen
Purchased 22 x of these evergreens early in the year. Within 3 weeks 6-7 of them were dying at the base which may have been some sort of cypress blight. Fast growing tree representative listened to my concerns and immediately sent replacements. Every please with customer service and these trees. 3 months after I planted the trees (28 April 15) they are doing excellent and have grown at least 18". Even considering they are planted in hard clay soil and we're experiencing hotter and dryer conditions in Virginia than in years past. Very pretty color and they will definitely do their job as a privacy fence in 3 years. Excellent customer service and product.
Would highly recommend to a friend.
July 28, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Arizona Cypress
Bought some of these trees from another online dealer that cost more money. They are pathetic in quality compared to the ones I bought here. They were packaged great and they cost less. These were larger and took off when planted. I will for sure buy more from here. Thanks for delivering what was advertised.
July 26, 2015
over 2 years ago
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this is one of the best cypresses for kentucky.
this is a very nice tree for kentucky. particularly the western part.
It will grow to 55 feet tall here. with bluish foliage and reddish
December 2, 2014
cadiz, KY
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90% look good
Bought 34 of the 3-4ft ones and planted in sandy loam. Lost about 3 so far after 3 weeks, and some are leaning after being in the ground and subject to some Texas wind and rain. No growth so far- but as long as they can get established I will be happy. Will review again when we get into the growing season next year.
November 1, 2015
Whitesboro, TX
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Evergreen trees are very nice. They seem to be doing well
July 27, 2015
over 2 years ago
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After 2 years all are doing well even after I had to move all 11 and replant because of landscaping work this year.
June 21, 2016
Bethany beach, DE
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So far, the Evergreen hasn't done much of anything since we planted it. We're hoping once Spring finally gets underway, we'll see a change in it.
March 10, 2015
over 2 years ago
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So far so good - but no growth visible
I've only had them in for about a month or so, but so far there are no signs of growth visible. What was strange was that I received three trees of different sizes, which I though was rather odd - one quite a lot smaller than I anticipated. I watered them frequently at first, and recent thunderstorms have done so as well - I hope they will not be getting too much water if that is bad for them.
July 28, 2015
1 year ago
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Give it a year
Wait a year and then ask me. As we are in short days and winter, no growth to speak of yet
January 20, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Drought Tolerant Evergreen

Drought Tolerant Evergreen Planting Diretions

Choosing a location: Cypress trees are a very drought tolerant evergreen variety and are pyramidal in shape primarily in their youth. Most breeds of cypress trees can grow up to 40 feet tall making them great for privacy screens, but there are also "dwarf" varieties that are ornate, smaller, shrub-like that will be great additions to your landscape. 

Their leaves are awl-shaped on young shoots, but small and scale-like on older branches with aromatic, glandular pits on the outer surface. Small, spherical cones develop generally on the tips of the branches with four to five leathery scales attached to the cone's axis. 

Cypresses are typically grown as ornamental trees for their foliage and graceful beauty.

Choose a nice sunny spot that's partially shaded, with soil that is well draining. A soil pH of 5.0 to 8.0 is recommended for best results.

Planting directions: It's important to properly space your trees when crating a privacy hedge. Leyland cypresses and drought tolerant evergreens for example, can reach a mature width of 15-25 feet, so they need enough space to flourish. Space your cypress trees about 5 to 8 feet apart, depending on how wide they grow. 

1) Plant your trees when they're semi-dormant, roughly six weeks before frosts begin or anytime when the ground isn't frozen.

2) Dig a hole that is three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter for a boost in nutrients and minerals. Organic matter will also improve the drainage of your soil.

3) Set your tree in the hole. Gently spread the roots outward avoiding any sharp bends. 

4) Backfill the hole and pack soil firmly until the root crown is about two inches higher than your soil. Water the site and gently tamp down the soil.

5) Use about 3 inches of organic mulch about six inches away from the trunk to keep soil moist and to prevent competitive weeds from growing near the base of your tree.

Staking: Stakes provide support to keep young trees upright and allow free movement in the wind to build the trunk's strength. Stakes are typically metal or wood and not much taller than the tree's lowest branch. Since a staked tree moves in the wind be careful that branches do not hit the stakes. 

Use a minimum of two stakes for each tree since one will not provide proper support and often leads to trees bending or snapping off where they're tied. 

After one season of growth you should be able to remove the stakes. To be sure the tree is ready to stand on its own just shake the center, if the root ball has no movement then your tree's roots have established and you can remove the support.

Watering: Water your cypress trees evenly until the soil becomes moist. You'll want the area to look and feel moist but not to the point where it's over saturated and puddles form. Allow the soil to dry for a few days until it feels dry to the touch about half an inch below the surface.

A slow drip from a garden hose works best, as it allows the water to penetrate the soil deeply down to the roots, without over saturating it.

 After about three months water your cypress trees twice a week. During excessive hot and dry weather you may need to water three times weekly.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your tree well after a year of growth, once the root system has had enough time to establish. This will speed up the growth of your tree and help it to thrive.

Using a general fertilizer like formula 10-10-10 once every spring will give it a boost. Alternatively, you can feed the tree with solid tree fertilizer spikes labeled for use on evergreens. You'll find the proper number of spikes to use in the directions on the fertilizer package. 

Pruning: If you intend on letting your cypress tree grow to its full, mature height then very little pruning will be needed. If you plan to keep your trees from growing past a certain point or want them to stay in an ornate shape then pruning will be needed more regularly. 

No matter what season, cut diseased or dying limbs turning brown off. Yellowing branches can be saved with proper watering and nutrients. Use clippers for thin branches and a saw the larger ones but be sure never to make your cuts flush with the trunk. 

If you see green foliage turning brown in the center, then this is a warning that branches are too dense and your tree needs better light and air circulation. Remove branches all over to provide better airflow and light. Cut these branches back to the main trunk. 

To prevent your tree from growing any taller, snip off the tip of the main leader. However, keep in mind that this could encourage more outward, bushy growth. When shaping your cypress, trim the tips of the branches no more than one-third of the length. For design pruning its best to shape in the late winter when the tree is in it's semi-dormant state. 

Cypress trees are a fantastic addition when a privacy fence or easy growing tree is needed. They can grow 3-5 feet per year, so you don't have to wait years and years to pass for them to reach their mature size. Plus, they have a very high tolerance to pests and diseases.  The cypress tree's feathery, light foliage and very low maintenance qualities make them easy, attractive members for any landscape. 

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My retaining wall is falling apart and I wanted to utilize these trees instead of the expensive rebuilding of the wall itself. I can only hope this works well.
Stephen B on Mar 18, 2017
hardy privacy screen
Charles B on Nov 26, 2016
My retaining wall is falling apart and I wanted to utilize these trees instead of the expensive rebuilding of the wall itself. I can only hope this works well.
Stephen B on Mar 18, 2017
We live in New Mexico and it appears this tree grows well here.
Carolyn Z on Jan 6, 2017
hardy privacy screen
Charles B on Nov 26, 2016
drought resistance
Shengjiang L on Nov 16, 2016
This tree is a replacement for one that somebody dug up and stole. Bought 3 in mid-2015 and planted them in an area behind my house near a walking path. They had grown nicely -- apparently too nicely -- so someone thought they would help their self to my tree. Dug it up and took it. It is true that there are monsters among us.
Steven B on Nov 5, 2016
Drough resistant and a good privacy barrier.
Sharisse T on Oct 2, 2016
Wanted a quick growing privacy fence.
Mary B on Aug 30, 2016
needed shrub that was drought tolerant and evergreen for a screen
virginia P on Aug 30, 2016
The price was right, evergreen, and fast growing for privacy.
John W on Aug 22, 2016
drought tolerant and looks great grows fast
louise c on Aug 19, 2016
we are in a drought area
Randall F on Jul 3, 2016
Very dry soil.
Paul R on Apr 17, 2016
Native to the State of Texas, drought tolerant, Christmas tree shape
Jerry F on Apr 11, 2016
We live in South West Texas where it is really dry. Hope that these trees will grow here.
Nicole H on Mar 21, 2016
I don"t know if it Us the kind of trenes I have in my house But some are Diego And Ineed to remplacement This is an experiencia for me Thanks for your help apreciated I'm 78 years old and my English is not good.I need the tres now because I need to go to Mexico.
Sergio A on Mar 19, 2016
Privacy barrier on property
Bruce W on Mar 10, 2016
I bought the drought tolerate evergreen after Texas experienced a bad drought. It's a really pretty; looks just like a christmas tree. It's growing fast after the first year.
Annette H on Feb 25, 2016
Drought Tolerant tree to block view of home in back lot
kevin t on Oct 10, 2015
We live in New Mexico and it appears this tree grows well here.
Carolyn Z on Jan 6, 2017
drought resistance
Shengjiang L on Nov 16, 2016
What is the average life span?
Andrew G on Dec 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This Cypress tens to have a long life span where the climate is dry dry and arid (it wasn't named Arizona Cypress for nothing!); however, where humidity is high and conditions wetter, they will have a more moderate life span of 25 to 50 years. They do not like wet conditions, but thrive in dry locations, and even drought conditions.
how far apart should they be planted?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Plant them about 5 feet apart for a privacy fence.
The Arizona Cypress is very common tree here in the high desert of California. There is one problem that we seem to have with them, and most cypress trees, they have a fungus infestation. It seems to attack the very top of the trees and work their way down the tree until it is weakened then the bark beetles finish off the tree. Do you know of this fungus or anything that can kill the fungus?
JR M on Aug 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We apologize but we are not familiar with the fungus's in your area . It may be best to contact your local Agricultural Extension. They should have information on any local issues with these trees and how to treat them.
When is the best time to plant this tree? Can I plant it this winter?
Jennifer N on Nov 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Depending on where you are located you may be able to plant in the winter. If you are located in a warm climate like Florida or California for example, then you can plant in the winter. If not then your ideal planting times will either be Spring or during Fall, about 6 weeks prior to your first frost.
how fast does it grow?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Drought Tolerant Evergreen grows 3-4ft per year.
will it live through cold freezing winters in Nebraska and south Dakota ?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Nebraska and South Dakota get a little too cold for the Drought Tolerant Evergreen. However, the Emerald Green Thuja would do excellent in those states. http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Emerald-Green-Arborviate.htm
Will these trees do well in shade?
s y on Mar 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Drought Tolerant Evergreens prefer a location with full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
I am in north central Texas and looking to create a privacy barrier at the edge of the woods that border the property. In the winter, with all levels gone, our woods provide no privacy, so my thought was to plant these. Could I plant them now or is it too cold? I wanted to take advantage of the low price. Thanks!
mulehick on Dec 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: As long as your ground ins't frozen you should be fine to go ahead and plant.
Can blue cypress tolerate North Carolinas orange clay dirt ?
Jill H on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: YES! These work perfect in the clay soils of North Carolina.
I want to be a good neighbor. How wide does the base foliage get?
donna r on Feb 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: About 24 - 30 inches at maturity (10 years).
How far apart do you plant them as a privacy hedge?
Katherine Y on Aug 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: For a dense privacy hedge you will want to plant these 5-6ft apart.
Will this tree attract squirrels to make it their home?
squirrel lady on Jul 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would say no. Squirrels like a big limbed tree to run around on and have their nest.
Are these trees prone to getting bag worms or any other pests like some other Cypress or evergreen trees?
Aaron C on Mar 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Aphids are the most common pests Drought Tolerant Evergreens experience. If this happens you can treat the tree with an appropriate pesticide or insecticidal soap. You can also try applying a soil treatment with imidacloprid as a preventative measure.
Are these trees deer resistant?
Deborah F on Jul 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Drought Tolerant Evergreen is considered to be deer resistant. However, if food is sparse deer will eat anything. This tree definitely isn't their first choice but if you're worried you can easily deter deer with all natural organic sprays and repellents.
Growth rate?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: they grow about 1 1/2 feet a year.
Can you trim them to 6 feet and shape them?
Janet A on Mar 27, 2017
Are they deer resistant? Can they be grown in zone 6. ( southern coast of MA )
Carolyn C on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The trees are deer resistant. No browsing and the trees love hot and dry central Texas but I don"t know how they will tolerate zone 6.
What is the grown rate of this evergreen?
Rebecca P on Aug 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Very fast growing tree! Planted 6 of them in spring of 2015. They were 3 feet high when I planted them and they're now 6-8" high. More than doubled in 18 months! I expect they'll reach 10-12' in another 12 months.
Would you recommend these trees in a high wind area?
Tom W on May 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I have an area where we get high winds. The one thing that happened to a couple of my trees were that my husband did not plant them deep enough, so those two did not do well. However, the other twenty did. We also noticed that they liked to be trimmed at the beginning of the spring season too. They are looking really nice and growing quickly.
I want to plant these along my wood fence for more privacy and as a wind break for my garden. How far from the fence do I need to plant?
Hasti M on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your interest in our Drought Tolerant Evergreens. We recommend planting these trees at least 4-5 ft away from a fence or foundation. Please feel free to contact us should you have additional questions. We can be reached at 1-888-504-2001.
on a wild Drought Tolerant Evergreen where are the seeds on the tree and how do you plant them and when?
kassandra g on Jul 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The seeds are on the tree. I have never planted the seeds. You could start a seed inside your house and watch it to see how it grows if it does.
Howmany premium planting kit, planting mix and transplant fertilizer needed for 6 plants? Thank You! I am asking the staff.
Constantin P on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It depends on what size tree you purchase. Those in larger containers with a larger root ball may need additional transplant fertilizer. Each planting kit contains a 2 oz. bag of transplant. We recommend 1 oz. per gallon size container. In regards to the planting mix, usually 1 of our 2 lbs bags is recommended per tree. You want to use at least 50% or more of your ground soil when planting.
I am in Peyton Colorado it is relatively dry here and winters can be pretty brutal would this tree wo well here?
chris on Jul 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I planted Two in 2014 and lost one because I hadn't set a Irrigation drip system on them. So this Spring I placed 2 more and are doing find. They did get Sunburned on one side as Redding gets up to 114 at times. Mine are the 1-2ft Trees. Haven't really had a Winter yet in California to tell you how its done with Rain yet.
Is the drought tolerant cypress deep rooted or shallow rooted? I do not want to damage nearby sidewalks or asphalt parking areas. How far from paved surfaces should it be planted?
randy p on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Drought Tolerant Evergreens have fairly shallow root systems. However, it still would be a good idea to plant your trees 5-10 feet away from sidewalks or structures.
The area where I live is surrounded by deers, they will eat this evergreens?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Drought Tolerant Evergreen is considered to be deer resistant. Deer don't seem to like to texture of the foliage. However, if food is sparse deer will eat anything. This tree definitely isn't their first choice but if you're worried you can easily deter deer with all natural organic sprays and repellents.
How close can I plant this to a septic leach field?
AMeadows on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant at least 10 feet away from the leach field.
How do I know what zone I am ?
Doug M on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
What is the full grown height of tree and would you recomend it for a pair of front door ornimental planting?
robert b on Sep 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These can get up to 40 ft tall at maturity. For a more front door ornamental tree I would suggest something like the Emerald Green Thuja, Sky Pencil Holly or Skyrocket Juniper.
This item is for zone 5?
? 7204137468Joe on Jun 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This plant is hardy in zones 7-9, so would not be suitable for zone 5. However, there are many drought-tolerant evergreens that would do quite well in zone 5, such as Cryptomeria, almost all the Junipers (Spartan is particularly tough), Spruces and Thujas. Emerald Green Thuja is especially resistant to drought.
We live near Seattle, and the soil where we are considering planting the blue sapphire evergreen stays moderately wet in winter - is wet soil okay for this plant? or does it prefer a drier area?
Rasham R on Jun 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It depends on how wet the area will be. These trees can tolerate moist soil but they prefer well-drained soil. They will not likely do well consistently sitting in saturated soil.

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