My favorite plant this week – Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Raywood’s Weeping’

This is my second post under this meme, and it probably seems I’m cheating the system, as none of the plants I have highlighted so far is actually yet IN my garden. The first is still trying to grow some roots, and this week’s marvel just got uprooted.

It started with a phone call. The woman on the other end said she had dug up this “small tree”, but didn’t quite know what it was. The only thing she knew with certainty was that she wanted to replace it with something else, and she was asking for advice as to what. The plant was described as a “Dr. Seuss plant”. I was immediately intrigued! My first guess over the phone was that it was a weeping Sequoia – a plant I happen to adore – so I offered to come and take it off her hands. It was essentially on my way home from my Master Gardener class today, so I drove by, hoping to bring it home. She had kindly left it ready for me to take, by the curb side. But, darn it! It was about twice what I could have comfortably fit into my little car. If I’m going to make this happen, I have to come back with the van – preferably adorned with a roof rack!

Wow - it was about twice as long as I had hoped. The kind donor told me how surprising it was that it didn't seem to have much of a root ball. She wasn't kidding... the diminutive size of it kind of worries me. I'm thinking it might not survive, but I'll be damned if I'm not going to give it a good try!

Wow – it was about twice as long as I had hoped. The kind donor told me how surprising it was that it didn’t seem to have much of a root ball. She wasn’t kidding… the diminutive size of it kind of worries me a little. I fret it might not survive, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to give it a good try!

Despite the small disappointment of not instantly being able to transport this beast home with me, I was quite excited when I saw it. Nope, it’s not a weeping Sequoia. Instead, it reminded me very much of a beautiful Arizona cypress cultivar called ‘Blue Ice’. Except, the shape was wrong. With its gnarly trunk and tightly held branches, this thing was most definitely a weeping variety of some sort. A Google search revealed that there is indeed a weeping form of ‘Blue Ice’ – it is called ‘Raywood’s Weeping’. There may be others that could fit this bill, but that is the ID I’m going to go with for now. Perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part; if it is indeed what I think it is, it would mean that it tops out at about 20′ while staying around 2′ for width. Suits me and my spatially challenged yard perfectly. Other descriptions were dead-on, as well. Tall, skinny, architecturally interesting weeping form, silver to steely blue scaly foliage, shiny reddish bark, etc. It is slow growing and hardy to Zone 6, so should be fine.

Wet myself a little when I saw that pretty new growth glow against that glowing red wood. So beautiful. Fingers crossed that it survives my transport/transplant skills!

Wet myself a little when I saw that pretty new growth glow against that glowing red wood. So beautiful… Fingers crossed that it survives my transport/transplant skills!

I promise that one of these days I will actually write about something that already resides in, and independently functions in my garden – without my constant fussing. But this was just something too good to pass up! Fingers crossed it makes it through! For other weekly favorites, click over to Danger Garden and see what other favorites are highlighted this week.

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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8 Responses to My favorite plant this week – Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Raywood’s Weeping’

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Blue ice is a beauty! What a great find. I hope it survives and you are happy together for years to come!

  2. Loree says:

    Excellent score! So what, I wonder, will you be advising her to plant in it’s place?

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, it’s a really narrow space, and south facing, so since she didn’t like the looks of this one, I was thinking of suggesting some grasses juxtaposed with perhaps some spikes. Not sure of her tastes, but figured the least I can do is to help her find something that she loves. 🙂

  3. rickii says:

    That’s my idea of creative recycling.

    • annamadeit says:

      I just hope it survives! It is so pretty… With a little luck, it will go in the ground this weekend. That poor thing, by now it is probably wondering what it did to deserve such ghastly treatment!

  4. Kris P says:

    I hope you can save it Anna! The color is wonderful.

    • annamadeit says:

      I hope so too, Kris! I had hoped to plant it today, but with 50-60 mph winds, I figured it’d probably not humor me by staying upright. So now, it’s either by lamplight or a few days from now. Fingers crossed! 🙂

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