THE GARDEN 80: 16 (Jan 8, 1916)
NOTES FROM THE RIVIERA
By Edward H. Woodall

Cupressus arizonica glauea was only a name to me till the other day, when I was taken to see it planted on a dry hillside. I wonder if it is as unknown to most folk as it was to me. Certainly it is a striking subject, and very beautiful when in its proper place. I should like to be the man who had planted it some years ago, or had the opportunity of making a new garden, where it should be the distinctive mark instead of the two ubiquitous Palms. It is not a blue grey like a Cedrus atlantica glauca, but a silvery grey like an Olive in the wind, and contrasts so strikingly with such subjects as Cryptomeria japonica in its brown red winter colouring or the brilliant reds and browns of the Japanese Diospyros Kaki or Persimmon. It would not suit the greens of an English landscape, nor does it show to advantage near the familiar Cypress of this country, but its peculiarly elusive colouring of silvery mist is most attractive in this land of bright sunshine and marked shadows. I hope someone will tell me if it is grown in English gardens; but I fear it cannot give the surprise there it gave me in seeing it in this land of contrasts and strong sunlight. Arizona is a dry land, no doubt, and this tree would be out of place on moist and rich lowlands, even if it did succeed there.