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CUPRESSUS sempervirens 'Glauca'

Image of Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca'

John Rickard

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CUPRESSUS sempervirens 'Glauca'

Plant Common Name

Blue Italian Cypress, Italian Cypress

General Description

Blue Italian cypress is a narrow, columnar evergreen tree native to western Asia and southern Europe. Its rich blue-green soft-scaled needles are short and wispy, and help hide the small oval tan cones.

Grow blue Italian cypress in full sun in average to dry soil with good drainage. Although it grows in several warm temperate climates, it will be troublesome to maintain in regions with high humidity, copious summer rains or cool summer temperatures. Best used as a screen or feature plant lining a boulevard or long walkway in front of a classic-architecture building, or framing a view or piece of sculpture.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    25'-60' / 7.6m - 18.3m

  • Width

    3'-12' / 0.9m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Narrow Upright/Fastigiate

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No