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Care of the tree Cupressus macrocarpa or Monterey cypress.

Care of the tree Cupressus macrocarpa or Monterey cypress

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

Common names: Monterey cypress. This species is native to southwestern USA.

They are broad-crowned trees that can exceed 25 meters (82 feet) in height. The small, bright green, scale-shaped leaves give off a lemon scent when crushed. The globose female cones are 4 cm long and the male cones are 0.5 cm (0.19") long; They bloom in late winter or early spring.

They are used as isolated specimens, to form windbreaks, in small groups and in public parks. They are highly recommended for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Cupressus macrocarpa needs full sun exposure and a warm and slightly humid climate. Withstands light and occasional frosts.

The soil can be a normal well-drained garden soil with coarse sand; they also grow in poor, stony or sandy soils that have excellent drainage.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry completely. They appreciate a medium-high environmental humidity.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are plants quite resistant to the usual pests and diseases that can sometimes be attacked by fungi.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring. The seeds can be obtained from the cones after 2 years on the plant.

Images of the tree Cupressus macrocarpa or Monterey cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa
Cupressus macrocarpa
Cupressus macrocarpa
Cupressus macrocarpa