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Drought Tolerant Evergreen


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-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
-t- Planting Mix
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.

Coarse 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- Tree Planting Kit
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.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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Growing Zones: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-9
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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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Customer Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
25 Reviews
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Carolina Sapphire
I was very impressed the shipping, packing of my trees.The size and the appearance of the trees are true to pictures.I have lost over 50 trees during Hurricane Michael of which I will not be able to afford to replace.
December 5, 2018
Growing Zone:
Arizona Cypress
I ordered 10 of these. They are doing very well and have grown a little bit even though we are starting into winter. We've had a couple of nights below freezing and they are holding up well. Can hardly wait until spring to see them really take off!
November 3, 2018
3 months ago
Cant waiting till they get up to 30 feet
They Require Patience!!
1st 2-3 years are slow growing...after that watch out!
Super fat, & dense border blocking tree
Really hoping we eventually get to 30-40 feet
October 15, 2018
over 4 years ago
Excellant customer service
I bought eight of these trees. They came pretty fast! I was going to give a 4 star because 2 of them died but I gave a 5 because customer service was really nice! My trees were still in the 30 day warrenty even though I paid for the year replacement. They are sending me 2 replacement trees. I will definitely by trees from them again.
October 6, 2018
3 months ago
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shipment arrived on time
Ordered and received six of the small 1-2 footers, well packed; couldn't be happier :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ordered and received six of the small 1-2 footer, arrived in great shape, couldn't be happier :)
Ordered and received six of the small 1-2 footer, arrived in great shape, couldn't be happier :)
August 22, 2018
4 months ago
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Definitely Can Take the Heat
Having a farm outside of Douglassville, Texas where I have purchased several trees from Fast Growing Trees, the Drought Tolerant Evergreens have made it through the hot Texas heat. They will be used to provide a border along the fence line.
August 22, 2018
5 months ago
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S.C. Heavy Clay - Exactly what I expecte
Needing a border for a large lot, we ordered 19 of these in March. Oredered the 2-3’ size but most were a bit taller. All were in great shape when they arrived. Leyland Cypress are succumbing to a blight in this area and frankly I wanted something different.
It’s now August and all of them are doing great. Most have put on 1 - 2’ of height, have about 25% more width and much much fuller than when they were planted. If it helps, what I did is below. Preparation and early care is critical, giving them the best opportunity for success.
My soil is mostly red clay (the kind you literally need a pick axe for when it’s dry). I tried using a one-man auger to start all the holes but wound up digging them mostly by hand, 10’ apart. I dug them about 1.5x the diameter of the pots and dug them just a bit deeper than necessary, putting all of the clay in a wheel barrow. I then mixed in about 10lbs (per tree) of mushroom compost/topsoil to break up the clay. I also made the inside of the holes irregular, creating edges instead of just smooth round sides. Used my spade to score up the bottom and sides of root ball then planted. Using the mix in the wheelbarrow, I filled in the hole and used the end of my shovel to make sure to gently pack the soil around the trees, creating a solid base.
After planting, I watered all of them with a 2 gallon watering can and applied more soil/packing with the shovel handle as necessary. I watered each one every three days (one two gallon watering can per) from March-April. We didn’t get a lot of rain during this time. I barely snipped the ends off of the newer growth in mid-April (NOT the tops) to shape them just a hair and encourage fuller growth. I would water them in May-early June using the same cadence if we didn’t get measurable rainfall. I fertilized with a little Milorganite and 8-10-10 in early May. After the first week in June, I put them on autopilot because we were getting rain at least once a week.
This picture is from the first week in August and the cypress closest is right at 5’ tall.
5’ high Arizona Cypress, - 5 months after planting.
5’ high Arizona Cypress, - 5 months after planting.
August 5, 2018
Growing Zone:
Still Alive!
We were skeptical at first with so many of these little guys arriving in one box, but they came quickly and were packaged well. We planted them in terrible rocky, clay soil (Western Utah) and not quite sure they were going to make it. But we followed the planting instructions blending in a manure compost mixture and set up a drip line to water every-other-day. For about the first month they seemed to droop over at the top “Like a Dr. Seuss tree” according to my daughter, but once they became established, they straightened out and started showing new growth. They’re not quite as thick and compact as we’d expected, but we did order the smallest size and are hopeful they’ll fill in as they grow.
July 30, 2018
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5 Stars Earned!
Ordered 3 - love them - all doing great! Packed perfectly for shipping, arrived in great shape, look beautiful and are healthy. 5 Stars!
June 18, 2018
6 months ago
Hot oasis
I purchased 3ea 2-3ft. Planted them in front. Had a family emergency and had to return to California for 13 days. No watering system. 2 are trying very hard to come back, one I'm afraid maybe too far to come back. I'm back in the area for the rest of the year. I ordered 6ea of the same kind of trees ([email protected]). One to replace and 5 to fill in in the frontyard.
May 14, 2018
8 months ago
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Planting & Care

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

Drought Tolerant Evergreen Planting Diretions

The Drought Tolerant Evergreen tree makes for a beautiful addition to your landscape. Plus it will enable you to enjoy years of low maintenance, saving you time and money on watering.

Location: Drought Tolerant Evergreens prefer a location with full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Choose an area with soil that drains well, away from poorly-drained, soggy areas. Drought Tolerant Evergreens may not do as well in lawn areas because of the amount of water needed to sustain the lawn. Plant in an area free of sod to allow for good root development as sod roots will compete with the Evergreen tree’s roots for air, nutrients and water in the soil.

Planting Instructions:
1) Prepare your soil before planting the Evergreen by adding organic materials including sphagnum peat moss, manure, and compost in a 1- to 3-inch layer over the planting area.
2) Mix the organic materials into the soil 10 to 12 inches deep before planting.
3) Dig the hole as deep as and approximately twice the width of the root ball.
4) Holding the tree, carefully place it into the hole and make sure that the roots are not curling upwards.
5) Pour a quart of water into the hole and allow it to drain for about a minute.
6) Cover the hole with the removed soil mix making sure the tree is upright.
7) Cover the entire planting area with an organic mulch.

Watering: Once the roots are established, your Drought Tolerant Evergreen should not need any supplemental watering. Be sure to inspect the tree and surrounding soil for extreme dryness during extended winter dry spells and water if necessary.

Fertilization: Evergreen trees don't require much fertilizer. Over-fertilizing can cause more damage than not fertilizing at all. Therefore, we recommend not fertilizing unless your evergreen begins losing its dark green color due to a lack of nutrients. If necessary, just a tablespoon of balanced fertilizer (labeled 12-12-12) sprinkled on top of the ground around the tree is sufficient.

Pests: Aphids are the most common pests Drought Tolerant Evergreens experience. Sometimes outbreaks are triggered by insecticides used for other pests. Spray the tree with an appropriate pesticide or insecticidal soap. You can also try applying a soil treatment with imidacloprid as a preventative.

*Group Drought Tolerant Evergreens separately from those that require more water.
*All evergreens including Drought Tolerant benefit from mulches.  Make sure your Drought Tolerant Evergreen has sufficient water to become established by inspecting and watering as necessary after planting.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
Grows in my zone.
Donna L on Dec 7, 2018
to create a privacy hedge
Katherine B on Oct 9, 2018
Grows in my zone.
Donna L on Dec 7, 2018
Drought tolerant.
Patrick C on Nov 22, 2018
to create a privacy hedge
Katherine B on Oct 9, 2018
I chose this tree as a driveway marker for my property, I am planting many seedlings of the Meyer spruce also, but I am hoping this fast growing, drought tolerant tree will make a good visual reference point.
R. JUSTIN O on Jul 25, 2018
Evergreen drought resistant
Melissa K on Feb 20, 2018
the fast growth and rich color. will make a pretty screen.
roy k on Dec 17, 2017
Addition to the native plants section of our landscape.
Rodney G on Nov 13, 2017
Outside Christmas Tree
Fred O on Nov 10, 2017
We have one already and like it. Thrives on dry soil and grows fairly fast.
HILDRETH A D on Oct 17, 2017
Love evergreens my favorite
Nina M on Jun 11, 2017
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
Drought tolerant.
Patrick C on Nov 22, 2018
I chose this tree as a driveway marker for my property, I am planting many seedlings of the Meyer spruce also, but I am hoping this fast growing, drought tolerant tree will make a good visual reference point.
R. JUSTIN O on Jul 25, 2018
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Growth rate?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: they grow about 1 1/2 feet a year.
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.
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.
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.
In Florida we have seen cold temps down to the mid 30s. Can these trees handle that cold? Thanks. Victor cotto
Papadukes on Oct 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We have 40 of these in the ground in NJ for 5 years now (after SS Sandy). Last winter we had single digit temps for several weeks. They are all doing well (in sandy, Jersey shore soil). You need to be patient first couple of years. But when they take off they really GO! They grew at least 3-4 feet the past 6 months
does it make sense to purchase a bigger tree from the start? How long would it take to have a 1-2 ft catch up to a 3-4 ft planting?
sam johnson on Apr 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I bought mine two years ago and the tallest leader is over four feet tall. The smaller the tree, the easier it is to get established because you don’t have to dig a larger hole for it. Our ground is clay so that helped quite a bit! I used fertilizing tree spikes in the spring after it was there a year and it has maintained constant growth and a gorgeous blue color.
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.
Is the Arizona cypress eaten by deer, gophers or rabbits?
june m on Oct 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I haven't seen any evidence of that as yet. However, the tree is still very young.
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.
I'm looking to plant them along a short fence to keep my husky from jumping it and as a privacy screen from neighbors. How far from the fence should I plant them to avoid damaging it?
DJ G on Jun 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have only had my one tree about two years, but I assume that you do not want to plant them more than 3-4 feet away from the fence, since they do not grow too wide. Be advised that this tree grows slowly, but will do a little better if it is given some water to help it. But do not expect a tree fence for about five years.
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 well does the Blue Cypress grow in central Florida?
Donna on Dec 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.
What is best time to plant this tree in S.E. Louisiana?
Louise P on Jun 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can plant in either Spring a few weeks after you receive your last frost or in the fall approximately 6 weeks prior to your first frost.
Do they lose greenery in winter? I am wanting a privacy hedge and I want it year round....
Jason B on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They do not lose greenery in winter.

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