How to Grow Cypress Trees From Cypress Balls

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Things You'll Need

  • Young cypress tree

  • Shovel

  • Water

  • Mulch

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Cypress trees are often grown as ornamental trees to provide privacy in home lawns. Some species are harvested for their wood which is particularly long-lasting and resistant against decay while others, like the Leyland cypress, are used as seasonal Christmas trees. Cypress trees produce dense root balls that form the basis of the plant's underground system. Though it takes three to five years for cypress trees planted from cypress balls to mature, healthy plants will continue to grow for decades.


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Step 1

Find the right location to plant your cypress tree. Cypress trees can grow in a wide variety of soils from sand to clay but do best with a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Cypress balls should be planted in an area with eight or more hours of sun a day.

Step 2

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Discard any large rocks and break up large clumps of dirt while digging.

Step 3

Place the young cypress tree in the center of the hole and cover the root ball with 2 to 3 inches of original soil. Use your foot to firmly stomp on the dirt and eliminate any air pockets.


Step 4

Spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of high quality mulch around the base of the tree. This will aid in soil moisture retention and prevent an onslaught of weeds.

Step 5

Fully douse the ground with an open hose immediately after planting. Continue to water your cypress tree deeply once a week until fully established. Mature cypress trees only need watering during periods of little rainfall.


Test your soil pH periodically to ensure the proper growing conditions for your tree. Use a slow-drip soaker hose to water your cypress tree over a period of hours.


Watch your tree for pests such as the front tree caterpillar, which builds webs and feeds on needles.