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Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta'

  • Common Name
    Italian Cypress
  • CA Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    24' - 40' x 3' - 4'
  • Flower Color
  • Bloom Time
    N / A
  • Leaves
    Dark Green
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bird Habitat
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Specimen
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This Italian Cypress is one of the more impressive cultivars. It is very dense, narrow ( no more than 3 foot wide) and has a rounded crown. Plant as a hedge or screen, in groups of 3 to 5 in a formal landscape,  at entry ways for a structured look or as a specimen plant  against a building to soften the hard lines of the building.

    Plant in full sun slightly above soil grade in well-drained soil. It is tolerant of all types of soils and pH's. It requires very little summer water and isdrought tolerant when established (2 - 3 years after planting).

    Birds use its dense foliage for nesting and as a safe haven.

    This plant is moderately susceptible to cypress canker and can suffer extensive dieback where this disease is common.


  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals

    C. sempervirens ' Tiny Towers' - very slow growing to 8 feet in 10 years. Adapts well to topiary applications