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Care of the plant Cupressus sempervirens or Mediterranean cypress.

Care of the tree Cupressus sempervirens or Mediterranean cypress

The Cupressus genus, Cupressaceae family, includes 30 species of trees native to Asia, Europe and America. Some species are: Cupressus sempervirens, Cupressus sargentii, Cupressus arizonica, Cupressus funebris, Cupressus atlantica, Cupressus dupreziana, Cupressus forbesii, Cupressus macrocarpa.

Common names: Mediterranean cypress, Italian cypress, Tuscan cypress, Persian cypress, Pencil pine. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are columnar trees that reach 25 meters (82 feet) in height. The leaves are evergreen and scaly; if they are touched they give off a resinous odor. They produce male and female flowers that have no ornamental interest. The fruit is a rounded pineapple 3 cm (1.18") in diameter.

They are used as isolated specimens, in small groups and are ideal for hedges or screens.

Cupressus sempervirens can be grown in full sun or semi-shade exposure; it resists frost down to -10 ºC (14 ºF).

It is important that the soil drains well; they can grow in limestone, poor and dry soils.

Watering must be moderate, avoiding wetting the plant's foliage. They resist drought so it is better to wait until the land is dry.

These trees tolerate training pruning very well, which can be done in late winter or fall.

It's a low maintenance plant that does not need fertilizers.

They are plants resistant to pests but sensitive to excess humidity that causes fungal diseases (fungi).

They propagate by seeds but it is a slow process; it's recommended to acquire the new specimens in nurseries or garden centers.

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Cupressus sempervirens
Cupressus sempervirens
Cupressus sempervirens