The Italian Cypress (cypress cupressus) 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 evergreen tree features exceptionally dense blue-green foliage with scale like leaves that lend a very fine texture to any landscape setting.
The Italian Cypress grows and thrives in acidic, well-drained soil with full sun, and is deer resistant. It is well suited to topiaries, 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.
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 in formal landscape.
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 a 3-5 feet wide. Never prune the height of your Italian Cypress tree until it reaches your desired height.
Italian Cypress Care
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.
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.
This is a fire resistant tree and it is also resistant to insects 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!
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- Vertical, columnar form
- Low maintenance
- Drought tolerant