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Plant Guide

Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta'

Common Name
Italian Cypress
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Shrub
Size
24' - 40' x 3' - 4'
Flower Color
None
Bloom Time
Leaves
Dark Green
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bird Habitat
Growth Rate
Fast
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
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
Varietals

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

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