Cupressus sempervirens L.
Cupressus sempervirens, commonly known as Italian Cypress, is a tree.
Cupressus sempervirens was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
The trees have a narrowly columnar canopy and reach heights of 25 to 30 metres.
Wood and Bark
Cupressus sempervirens is evergreen. The leaves are deltoid with entire margins.
Flowers and Fruits
Cupressus sempervirens flowers from February to April. The plants are dioecious, pollination takes places by allogamy through the wind.
The trees produce cones.
Cupressus sempervirens is native to western Asia and the Mediterranean.
The trees prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12Â°C (USDA zone 8).
The ornamental value of Cupressus sempervirens lies especially in the ornamental leaves. Suited as avenue tree.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
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