Facts on Cypress Trees

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Cypress trees are often used in landscaping, especially in cemeteries. They are evergreen, and come in shrub and tree forms. Trees can grow up to 210 feet, and provide a durable wood that's used in house-building.

Grouping

  • Cypress belong to the Cupressaceae family. Two genera, Cupressa and Chamaecyparis, bear the common name "cypress." Cupressa contains both trees and shrubs while Chamaecyparis has only trees.

Location

  • Cypress grow in in places as diverse as North America, Japan and Central America. Cupressa species can grow up to 120 feet tall. Chamaecyparis can grow to 210 feet.

Identification

  • Cypress have "tree-like" leaves made from multiple fingers, or fronds. These fingers start off looking like pine needles but mature to scales by the time the plant is two years old. Their seeds are carried in cones.

Uses

  • Cypress are used in landscaping, as firewood, for home construction and paper pulp. Cypress trees are particularly popular as cemetery landscaping.

Diseases

  • Cypress can suffer from cankers, fungal infections, bark and other scales, and cypress aphids.

Fun Fact

  • According to a Texas state historical marker, Joshua Brown, an early settler of Kerrville, Texas, made his living from a cypress shingle mill.

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