Cupressus sempervirens

Mediterranean Cypress, Pencil Cypress, Italian Cypress

(2 customer reviews)

From £26.21

Cupressus sempervirens is a classic columnar evergreen conifer, with dense, dark-green foliage.

The narrow ‘exclamation mark’ silhouette creates a great vertical accent for a sunny well drained spot.

Origin: Mediterranean, West Asia
Genus: Cupressus
Species / Cultivar: sempervirens
Common Name: Mediterranean Cypress, Pencil Cypress, Italian Cypress

Plant Biography

This plant is native to hot, arid regions of the Mediterranean and West Asia. The narrow exclamation mark silhouette is a familiar sight in the Tuscan countryside, as well as framing views in more formal garden settings.

Historically this shrub has grown for its durable, scented timber, the doors of St Peter’s basilica in Vatican City being perhaps one of its more high-profile uses.

Cupressus sempervirens
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 12-45m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2.5-4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Cupressus sempervirens is happiest in a sunny dry spot in temperate gardens, and will best keep its upright shape if planted away from blustery winds.

Care & Size Guidance

The natural pencil thin shape will need no pruning, making it a good low maintenance way to create height even in modest sized gardens.

So excited and pleased with my new plants – they look very healthy and well looked after

Helen H.

So excited and pleased with my new plants – they look very healthy and well looked after

2 customer reviews for Cupressus sempervirens

Delivery was spot on and condition of plant was excellent

Luke D.

So excited and pleased with my new plants – they look very healthy and well looked after

Helen H.