A picture of a Italian cypress

Italian cypress

Cupressus sempervirens 'Green Pencil'

Also known as

Cypress

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

25m

Max

7m

10m

Min

2m

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Italian cypress Overview

This species is a tall vertical columnar tree which has dark greyish-green foliage with very tiny scale-like leaves, which are in slightly flattened sprays, with large slightly elongated, pale brown cones. It has an upright narrow shape with fragrant foliage. The cones are decorative and will form when the tree starts to mature. They will grow quickly when it is young and more slowly as it starts to age.

How to propagate Italian cypress

Seed

Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true).

Cuttings

Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Other uses of Italian cypress

Specimen, hedging, border, ornamental, fragrance. 2-3cm cones