Did you know? In the Hellenic culture, the Cypress tree was sacred to the goddess Artemis.
Common name : Cypress
Scientific name : Cupressus spp.
Family : Cupressaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
Rough 'n tough
Cupressus is a genus of trees within the family Cupressaceae with the name cypress - which it shares with closely related genera, native to warm temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere, and common in parks and gardens.
They are evergreen trees or large shrubs, growing to 5–40 m tall, with scale-like, 2–6 mm long leaves arranged in opposite decussate pairs - on young plants, the leaves are needle-like.
Sowing & planting
150 - 3000
6 - 7
Identify my cypress
Cypresses are evergreen, evergreen conifers with composed leaves in overlapping scales.
The bark of adults is detached in round scales. The female cones persist on the tree, are spherical, 2 to 4 cm. The male cones are ovoid, at the end of the branches, and measure a few millimeters.
Plant my cypress
Take care not to damage the conifer roots while planting, which is best done in the fall. Get some potted trees because cypress dislikes root dryness.
Plant in a draining soil, acid or limestone, in the sun.
Dig a hole twice the size of the rootball, install a support pole at the bottom, and put back half of the soil (starting with the one you left the bottom). Place the root ball not to bury the collar, then put the rest of the earth around the plant. Tamp the soil regularly not to leave pockets of air. Mulch with needles or pine bark. Attach your cypress to the support with a flexible link.
In pots, plant in a mixture of sand, potting soil and loam. In this case you need a very large pot ;-)
Water my cypress
Water your cypress the first year in case of drought. In pots, wait until the soil dries between watering.
Unprop my cypress
Your tree should be well rooted after two years, so remove the stake now that it is not needed anymore.
Prune my cypress
This is not necessary, but you can remove the intersecting branches and dead branches, and remove branches at the heart of the tree for a lighter appearance.
Mulch my cypress
Leave the scales under the cypress. If they do not limit weeding, add some pine bark, or crushed wood.
Check on my cypress
Cypress trees fear root rot in moist soil.
Cortical chancre is a serious attack, which causes browning and then dieback of the twigs.
Propagate my cypress
Cypresses multiply by cuttings in August.
Take young shoots of 15 cm, leave only the terminal scales, dip the end into a bit of "cuttings hormone", and plant them in draining soil. Moisten regularly.