Smooth Arizona Cypress - Hesperocyparis glabra
Closely related to Hesperocyparis arizonica and sometimes considered a subspecies, this species is distinguished by its colorful reddish bark which peels in thin plates. It is often cultivated and several selections are in the horticultural trade, being immune to a canker disease that attacks other cypress species. The needles are grayish-green with drops of resin; the cones may also be resinous. The tallest trees are less than 65 feet. This species is very restricted in range, being most common in the area south of Sedona, Arizona.