How to Grow Cupressus sempervirens Plants in your Garden
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Italian Cypress
The Cupressus sempervirens plant is an ornamental Cypress tree native to the Mediterranean. This evergreen can reach about 115 feet in height (35 m), but is usually about two thirds of this and is thus classified as a medium sized conifer.
It has dark green foliage that is carried in sprays. It carries ovoid seed cones that reach about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) in length. The male cones are much smaller 1/5th of an inch (5 mm).
Italian Cypress performs best in dry areas with a Mediterranean climate and thus thrives in southern Australia, California, and South Africa. It also does well in more moderate cooler climates such as the UK, Pacific northwestern states, and even New Zealand. A lot of the main cultivars have been bred to have a fastigate (columnar, erect, parallel branches) nature. You may recognize this plant as being one of the favorites of the artist Vincent van Gough.
Quick Growing and Care Guide
Scientific Name:Cupressus sempervirens
Common Name (s): Mediterranean cypress, Italian cypress, Tuscan cypress, Persian cypress, Pencil pine
Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): 7 to 10 / H5
Life Cycle / Plant Type: Evergreen, upright tree
Plant Height: 40 to 125 feet (12 to 38 m)
Plant Spread: 10 to 25 feet (3 to 8 m)
Blooms: Conifer, does not flower
Cone Details: Small spherical seed cones (female)
Leaf Foliages: Scaly bark, Scale leaves
Best Light Conditions: Full sun
Suitable Soil Types: Well drained. Sandy.
Soil Soil Moisture: Medium
Sowing, planting, and Propagation: Semi-hardwood cuttings. From fresh seed in the autumn.
Best Garden Use: Near tall buildings, country roads, Rows, hedging if pruned.
Closely Related Species:
Miscellaneous: Low to medium Maintenance. Looks good in the winter. Fairly drought tolerant. Protect from cooling winds. Protect from Cypress aphid