Mediterranean Cypress, Pencil Cypress, Italian Cypress
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.
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.
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.