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Cupressus sempervirens
( Italian Cypress )

Cupressus sempervirens is a narrow columnar tree, generally reaching 70 feet tall. Needle-like foliage is dark green, horizontally branching. Prefers well drained soil and full sun, generally trouble free, but subject to canker in hot humid areas. The cultivars that are most often sold are extremely columnar and upright, best reserved for a formal setting. Native to Southern Europe and western Asia.
Important Info : Prefers well drained soil and full sun, generally trouble free, but subject to canker in hot humid areas.


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Characteristics
Cultivar: n/a  
Family: Cupressaceae  
Size: Height: 0 ft. to 70 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 20 ft.  
Plant Category: trees,  
Plant Characteristics:  
Foliage Characteristics: fragrant, evergreen,  
Foliage Color:  
Flower Characteristics: fragrant,  
Flower Color:  
Tolerances: deer, drought, rabbits,  
Requirements
Bloomtime Range: not applicable  
USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant  
Light Range: Sun to Full Sun  
pH Range: 5.5 to 7.5  
Soil Range: Some Sand to Some Clay  
Water Range: Dry to Moist  

Plant Care



Fertilizing
How-to : Fertilization for Young Plants

Young plants need extra phosphorus to encourage good root development. Look for a fertilizer that has phosphorus, P, in it(the second number on the bag.) Apply recommended amount for plant per label directions in the soil at time of planting or at least during the first growing season.

Light
Conditions : Full Sun

Full Sun is defined as exposure to more than 6 hours of continuous, direct sun per day.

Watering
Conditions : Regular Moisture for Outdoor Plants

Water when normal rainfall does not provide the preferred 1 inch of moisture most plants prefer. Average water is needed during the growing season, but take care not to overwater. The first two years after a plant is installed, regular watering is important. The first year is critical. It is better to water once a week and water deeply, than to water frequently for a few minutes.

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Glossary : Drought Tolerant

Very few plants, except for those naturally found in desert situations, can tolerate arid soils, but there are plants that seem to be more drought tolerant than others. Plants that are drought tolerant still require moisture, so don't think that they can go for extended period without any water. Drought tolerant plants are often deep rooted, have waxy or thick leaves that conserve water, or leaf structures that close to minimize transpiration. All plants in droughty situations benefit from an occasional deep watering and a 2-3 inch thick layer of mulch. Drought tolerant plants are the backbone of xeriphytic landscaping.

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