Italian Cypress Tree

Product Description

The Italian Cypress tree (cypress Cupressus sempervirens) also known as the Tuscan Cypress takes on a narrow, columnar form and tidy, well-groomed appearance without any pruning. This makes it a unique low maintenance evergreen.  This cypress evergreen tree features exceptionally dense blue-green foliage with scale like leaves that lend a very fine texture to any landscape setting.

It is well suited to topiaries, large pots or containers, entryways or anywhere you desire to have vertical appeal. This tree is adaptable to many settings and will provide a plant that grows very tall in a short time and can handle hot dry weather. The Italian cypress plant can enhance curb appeal in your landscape.

At times the tall height of this tree can be challenging to fit within residential landscapes. The Italian Cypress tree is best suited for framing, as a strong accent around large buildings, or informal landscape. It is a great choice for a wind blocking tree and is long living!

The tree can grow up to 30 to 40 feet tall; the Italian Cypress growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year. The dark green tree grows narrowly and maintains 3-5 feet wide. Never prune the height of your Italian Cypress tree until it reaches your desired height. Don’t fret, it establishes quickly and you will have a tall tree in no time! The fast growth rate is ideal if you are looking for tree height fast.

Italian Cypress Care

The Blue Italian Cypress grows and thrives in acidic, well-drained soil with full sun, and is deer resistant. The Mediterranean cypress can tolerate a wide range of soil types.

Newly planted cypress can benefit from adding a slow release fertilizer to the planted tree once a year. Although it is drought tolerant once established, be sure to water your fast growing tree thoroughly during the first few years to establish a strong root system.

The tree may lose its green color if it not being watered properly. The needles will turn brown. Italian cypress roots travel deep into the ground so choose your planting spot with care.

Make sure soil is well draining – this tree does not like wet soils and may be susceptible to root rot. To properly care for italian cypress, it is a good idea to pick a proper planting site and soil that retains moisture.


Plant Italian Cypress in the United States Department of Agriculture growing zones 7-10. This tall screen tree cannot withstand freezing temperatures for too long. It will turn the gray green leaves brown and if left can kill the tall narrow tree. You can also check out our Evergreen Tree Grow Guide for more information on planting evergreens.

This is a fire resistant tree and it is also resistant to pests and diseases like spider mites. Shake off excess dirt from root ball before planting to encourage new growth.

Buy Italian Cypress online from Perfect Plants. We give you several options for size to make the Italian Cypress more cost efficient. If you are looking for an older, more established tree purchase the larger sizes!

Shop the Italian Cypress Tree for sale.

Be sure to check out our blog post on Privacy Trees and our other tall cypress tree options.


Botanical Name

Cupressus sempervirens

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Blue-green
Mature Height 30-40 ft
Mature Width 3-5 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Vertical, columnar form
  • Evergreen
  • Low maintenance
  • Drought tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your Italian Cypress Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Italian Cypress needs full sun or partial shade and a planting site that allows clearance for its towering height. They prefer fast-draining, sandy and ideally slightly acidic soils. They do not tolerate heavy, soggy soils well. They are very drought tolerant, but need occasional watering until established.

The Italian Cypress maintains its narrow, columnar shape naturally and requires very little pruning. Any dead or damaged branches should be removed at their base. However, new growth may not sprout in these areas so avoid planting where the tree may interfere with a structure that would necessitate pruning, etc.

It is most ideal to plant these trees in the fall or winter, during their dormant period of increased root growth. Drooping branches or yellowing from the bottom or inside of the Cypress may indicate that they are receiving too much water. Browning at the top of the tree may indicate that they are not receiving enough water.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Italian Cypress, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

8 reviews for Italian Cypress Tree

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  1. Rocky

    My Italian Cypress is just as pictured. It arrived perfectly and timely. Will definitely recommend and purchase again.

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  2. Murray Hamrick

    Ordered the 5-6 ft tall cypress for containers around our pool. 2 trees came in a large, sturdy box. They were tied in each end of the box with heavy string. Appear unbroken and healthy. Will plant this weekend.

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  3. Mike Cooley

    I wanted some of the larger trees but with the price I wanted to make sure I was getting nice trees. Called and Spoke with Elisa who was very helpful with my order. She sent me photos of the trees I would be receiving which was very nice of her. Bought and awaiting shipping. Thanks Elisa!

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  4. Bill H.

    I am leaving 4 stars because I ordered Thursday and my trees did not ship until Monday. I was upset and wanted them for the weekend so I called and Elisa told me the delay in shipping was for the health of the tree – My home was a 4 day ship and they didn’t want the trees sitting in a box all weekend long in a hot warehouse. Trees arrived in great shape yesterday, happy Perfect Plants cares about their trees even while they are still in the box.

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  5. Marie Leo (verified owner)

    It came within days and in wonderful shape and is growing happily in a big pot on my terrace in NYC!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      We hope your trees are growing happily still and look forward to helping out on any future gardening endeavors – Perfect Plants

  6. Bobby Johnson

    My Italian cypress looks amazing framing each pillar of my house. I will be ordering more to complete the landscaping

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  7. Tom (verified owner)

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    I’ve planted about 20 of these Italian Cypress trees as screens in parts of my back yard. So far they are all growing well; each tree seems to grow at its own pace so I anticipate it will be about 2 years more for them to be well above the 6′ privacy fence. If you need something taller sooner, I would recommend purchasing the taller trees up front. I have a mixture and the shorter ones are taking a long time to get to the 6′ mark, but the taller ones I purchased are about 7′ now (originally 4-5′). They are nice trees and when fully grown and filled out, should be nice screens to block out the neighbors behind and on the side of my house.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Tom, thank you so much for your feedback on our Italian Cypress trees. We are glad you love them. If you provide them with some fertilizer to the shorter ones you should see growth sooner. Good luck!

  8. Clemens Stefani (verified owner)

    I bought last late spring ten 3-4 foot Italian Cypress to line my drive. They all came healthy, on the big size in good condition. A shy year later they are looking beautiful, around 6 foot tall, still healthy.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Clemens, thank you for reviewing our Italian Cypress trees. We are so happy to hear your cypress trees are thriving and doing well in their forever home. Keep on growing!!

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