How to Landscape With Italian Cypress

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Italian Cypress, also know by the scientific name Cupressus sempervirens, add evergreen beauty to formal gardens, expansive parks and campuses. Native to the warm climates of the Mediterranean, Italian Cypress are suited for landscapes in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 11. This type of fast-growing cypress tree is columnar-shaped and can reach a height of 40 to 60 feet at maturity. The trees are suitable for narrow spaces as their spread is only 3 to 6 feet.

  • Frame a garden view by placing two Italian Cypress on either side of a garden's focal point. Use multiple trees in set in rows leading to the focal point to create a bolder frame or in larger spaces such as a big yard or park.

  • Create a windbreak to protect smaller plants from wind gusts and excessive sun. Italian Cypress provides protection in xeriscape gardens where drought-tolerant plants and trees are a necessity.

  • Plant a single Italian Cypress tree as the focal point in a formal landscape. Blend perennials, low shrubs and statues or pottery into beds around the tree to replicate a Mediterranean garden.

  • Place a row of Italian Cypress on either side of a wide path or roadway. Set the trees 8 to 10 feet from each other, allowing light and air circulation across the pathway, or closer together to form a very tall hedge effect.

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