Italian Cypress

A narrow column that is truly an exclamation point on the landscape; foliage is fine pendulous sprays of gray-green; planted in linear groups, it makes a great screen and a dramatic statement in a large landscape.

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Species: sempervirens

Plant Height: 720 in.

Spread: 120 in.

Evergreen: Yes

Plant Form: columnar

Summer Foliage Color: gray green

Minimum Sunlight: full sun

Maximum Sunlight: full sun

Ornamental Features

Italian Cypress has attractive grayish green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Italian Cypress is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone. This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics. Italian Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications; Accent Vertical Accent Hedges/Screening Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Italian Cypress will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more. This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.