Tiny Tower® Italian Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens 'Monshel' PP #12,933

SKU
3073
The perfect compact Italian cypress that retains its small size indefinitely. Exceptionally dense, blue-green foliage on a rigid, columnar form is a valuable architectural accent both in the summer and under winter snow. Perfect in containers and for small, high-profile city gardens. Requires no shearing but adapts well to topiary applications. Full sun. Very slow growth to just 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide in first decade, then 25 or 30 feet tall, and to 3 feet wide at maturity.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationku-PRES-us sem-per-VY-renz
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityVery slow growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide with age.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Poolside, Privacy Screen, Topiary, Windbreak, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureHandsome Dwarf Specimen

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.

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