Italian Cypress – Cupressus Sempervirens


Cupressus sempervirens, commonly known as the Italian Cypress or Mediterranean Cypress, is a coniferous evergreen tree native to the eastern Mediterranean region. Its distinctive form and resilience make it an exotic addition to the UK landscape, standing out from many traditional British trees.

Cupressus sempervirens, commonly known as the Italian Cypress or Mediterranean Cypress, is a coniferous evergreen tree native to the eastern Mediterranean region. Its distinctive form and resilience make it an exotic addition to the UK landscape, standing out from many traditional British trees.

Italian Cypress trees can grow up to 35 meters high, although they typically reach between 10 and 20 meters in a garden setting. One of their most distinguishing features is their slender, columnar form. The tree grows straight up, with branches that cling tightly to the trunk, giving it a tall, narrow shape that can be as little as 1 meter in diameter. This distinctive form sets them apart from many other trees found in England.

The tree’s leaves are small, evergreen scales that produce a pleasant aroma when crushed. In terms of reproduction, the Italian Cypress is monoecious, meaning it bears both male and female cones on the same tree. The male cones are small and produce pollen in late winter, while the female cones are round, about an inch in diameter, and mature in about two years to produce seeds.

The lifespan of the Italian Cypress can be several hundreds of years, and they are known to be quite hardy and resistant to drought once established. Their growth rate is moderate, with young trees capable of growing 30 cm or more per year under ideal conditions.

In British garden design, the Italian Cypress offers an appealing vertical element, perfect for framing views, lining driveways, or marking property boundaries. Their tall, narrow growth habit makes them excellent choices for smaller gardens where space is at a premium but height is desired. Plus, as evergreens, they provide year-round color and structure.

The tree is not native to the UK and does not provide substantial benefits to local wildlife. However, its seeds can serve as a food source for some birds, and the dense foliage can offer shelter.

One interesting fact about the Italian Cypress is its long history of cultivation. It has been grown in gardens and used in landscaping for thousands of years and was especially popular in Roman times. Also, because of its resistance to fire and diseases, it’s often planted in Mediterranean countries to prevent soil erosion.

There are some impressive specimens of Italian Cypress worldwide. In its native region, the “Cypress of Abarkuh” in Iran is believed to be one of the oldest living trees in the world, estimated to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.

In summary, the Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is a hardy, drought-resistant tree with a unique shape that can add an architectural element to the British garden landscape. Its evergreen nature, ability to fit into narrow spaces, and rich history make it a fascinating addition to a variety of garden designs.


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Stem Girth

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Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement


Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Slow Growing

Costal Growing






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