Tiny Tower® Italian Cypress
Tiny Tower® Italian Cypress
Cupressus sempervirens 'Monshel' Plant Patent #12,933Item #3073 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
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A unique, compact form with exceptionally dense blue-green foliage. Maintains its narrow, columnar form and tidy, well-groomed appearance without pruning. Excellent for formal plantings or to provide structure at the back of the border. Makes a wonderful topiary or container specimen. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ku-PRES-us sem-per-VI-renzPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Columnar, Compact, NarrowGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Very slow growing to 25-30 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Garden styleMediterraneanPatent 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); Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
- CareCare InformationGrows easily in most well-drained garden soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Water deeply, less frequently when established; supplement in extreme heat. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.