PRE-ORDER FOR SPRING - All orders made now will be delivered in Spring 2023 - LEARN MORE

Tiny Tower® Italian Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens 'Monshel'

Pronunciation: ku-PRES-us sem-per-VY-renz
SKU #03073
7-10

Good to grow! 10

 Change Location
OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Conifer; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Very slow growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide with age.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Waterwise, Compact Form
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Habit Columnar
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Poolside, Privacy Screen, Windbreak, Suitable for Topiary
Design Ideas Small 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.
Foliage Color Blue-green
Companion Plants Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Bluebeard (Caryopteris); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 10

Good to grow!

Buy Online

This plant is not available to purchase online.

Check a local Monrovia retailer.

Buy Locally

This plant may be available in these stores:

Due to the seasonal nature of plants, availability at your local garden center is not guaranteed. Give them a call before visiting.

More stores near you >

About Us

Monrovia grows beautiful plants for every region

We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly
100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr.
in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.

We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.