Cupressus lusitanica 'Blue Swirl'
Common name: 
Blue Swirl Mexican Cypress
Pronunciation: 
ku-PRES-us lu-si-TAN-i-ka
Family: 
Cupressaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen shrub/tree, a flat bun then becoming more upright, compact dwarf, about 10 ft (3 m) tall and 3 ft (1 m) in 10 years, foliage is fern-like and green-blue, some purple color in winter.
  • Sun.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8      Introduced about 1986, it was a seedling off of 'Mossvale' that was selected by Peter Nitschke, Hahndorf, South Australia.
  • Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden - Conifer Garden (In 2005 the plant was mislabeled as the species Cupressus lusitanica).
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    plant habit

  • branchlets, leaves

    branchlets, leaves