• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Very slow growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide with age.
    Key Feature:
    Handsome Dwarf Specimen
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ku-PRES-us sem-per-VI-renz
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Columnar, Compact, Narrow
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Very slow growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide with age.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasSmall Italian cypress and their topiary forms make perfect porch or patio accents. Use a matched pair to flank door, gate, art, fountain or window. Line them up on steps in matching pots for a graduated effect. Plant as part of a perennial border as reoccurring living columns. A perfect central "finger" for a symmetrical herb garden. Line them up for the ideal background for a theatrical garden in a small city garden.
    Companion PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Bluebeard (Caryopteris); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in a wide range of soil types, provided good drainage. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Discovered in 1991 by nurseryman Doug Zylstra at West Covina Wholesale Nursery, Santa Barbara, California. A 'Glauca' for the exceptionally dense, narrow columnar form and tight growth habit without pruning.
    Lore:
    The poet Ovid, who wrote during the reign of Augustus, penned this myth: The handsome boy Cyparissus, a favorite of Apollo, accidentally killed a beloved tame stag. His grief and remorse were so inconsolable that he asked to weep forever. He was transformed into Cupressus sempervirens, with the tree's sap as his tears. In another version of the story, the woodland god Silvanus was the divine companion of Cyparissus, and he accidentally killed the stag. When the boy was consumed by grief, Silvanus turned him into a tree, and thereafter carried a branch of cypress as a symbol of mourning.