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Cypress

Cupressus spp.

Also known as

Conifer, Sipres (Afr.)

Cupressus funebris 02 by Melburnian (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

7m

30cm

Min

30cm

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Overview

Cupressus is a genus in the family Cupressaceae, containing approximately 16 species, commonly known as cypresses. They are vigorous evergreen cone-bearing plants that belong to the Pinophyta plant division. Examples from this plant division include cedars, Douglas firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, yellow-woods and yews. Conifer is often used as a general term to refer to this group, with the Latin meaning "the one that bears cones". They typically have flaking or scaly bark and foliage is reduced to small, aromatic, scale-like leaves that are in forward-pointing pairs. Female cones are small and spherical in shape, coloured brown, whereas male cones are green and borne at the shoot tips.

Common problems

Harvesting

Mature trees are harvested for timber.

Propagation

Seed

Propagation is by seeds and can be specific to different species.

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Special Features

Wind break

Hedge plant

Fine green evergreen leaves makes a neat hedge.