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Cupressus sempervirens/Italian Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens / Cupressus sempervirens
Typical specimen in their native Italian countryside
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Typical specimen in their native Italian countryside

Specimen plant showing the narrow upright growth habit as contrasted to a live oak background

Screen planting in Natchez, MS

Three uniform specimen trees in Natchez

Four mature trees

Columnar forms next to building in Baton Rouge

Mature stand of trees in Natchez, MS

Uniform, repetitive forms

Pruned to a short columnar form along a drive on the west coast

A pair of Italian cypresses in an Italian villa

Very old, mature specimen in Italy

Columnar forms

Trees can be planted on close spacings

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Scientific Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Common Name: Italian Cypress
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: This tall, columnar, narrow, and pyramidal tree has high tolerance to drought and good salt tolerance. May be used as screen and as a strong accent in large spaces. Canker has been a serious problem on the west coast. Never can predict the length of life. Some are very long-lived and others are short-lived. Cannot tolerate heavy, poorly drained soils. Provide full sunlight. This tree is a classic tree in Italy, its native land. Provides strong punctuation in any landscape setting.