The Italian Cypress is guaranteed to bring your landscape to new heights of sophistication! Unlike most other Cypress, the Italian Cypress grows in a straight column. Meanwhile, it features dark evergreen foliage that grows remarkably dense. This means that it’s perfect for a privacy screen. Plant them just 3 feet apart for an impenetrable wall of foliage.
Additionally, the Italian Cypress grows like the wind! Up to 3 feet yearly in favorable conditions. This means you won’t be waiting long for them to fill in spots in your landscape.
Why else might one plant the Italian Cypress you ask? It’s an ideal candidate for adding a stately appearance to your home. Columnar foliage tapers to a point at the top, creating a spear-like tip. Whether planted in a row or individually, you’ll be surprised at the elegant Mediterranean appearance they provide.
Left untrimmed, this Cypress will reach up to 40 feet high! Therefore, leave some vertical space for it to grow. Alternatively, you can prune them to your desired height. In addition, the width will max out at 5-6 feet, no trimming required.
There’s almost no wrong way to use the Italian Cypress. Line a long driveway, frame your home, add some interest next to a wall, or even use it in a planter! It won’t let you down.
This cypress features an impressive frost damage resistance as well.
Italian Cypress Care
Hardy in USDA Zones 7-11.
Plant this Mediterranean Cypress in Full Sun.
The Italian Cypress adapts well to most soil types. However, well-draining, fertile soil will generally see the best results.
Water regularly after planting. 1-2 deep waterings a week should be sufficient for the first growing season. Check the soil regularly during this time to ensure that your soil is neither drying out or staying soggy. If this is the case, increase or decrease your watering accordingly. After the first growing season, supplementary watering is only needed in times of dry weather and intense heat. Once it has a couple of seasons under its belt, the Italian Cypress is notably drought tolerant.
Fertilize once yearly in early spring. A balanced slow-release fertilizer will provide plenty of nutrients to keep this beauty growing and shining.
Italian Cypress Spacing Recommendations
The Italian Cypress is a naturally narrow grower, so space them 3 feet apart for a seamless wall of spear-shaped foliage. However, this variety shines with space between plants as well. For this look, plant them 6+ feet apart.
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