Treat yourself to a pair of these gorgeous Italian Cypress trees, and add a touch of Mediterranean class to your garden. Seen all over Italy, these spectacular architectural conifers will add height and year-round interest wherever you plant them. With their elegant, pencil-thin form, they’ll look simply stunning framing a door or gateway, or in a terracotta pot.
Not to be confused with vigorous Leylandii, these slender, manageable beauties are slower growing and won’t get out of hand – you can even grow them on your patio! They are of course very drought tolerant, but also completely hardy and evergreen, so they’ll thrive here in the UK and look magnificent all year round whatever the weather! For best results, remove the cones that appear, as these can pull the branches apart, losing shape. They can reach 10m in 20 years or so, yet remain very upright and narrow at 1-1.5m.
- Other common names Italian cypress ‘Green Pencil’
- Synonyms Cupressus sempervirens ‘Green Spire’
- Family Cupressaceae
- Genus Cupressus are vigorous, evergreen trees with flaking or scaly bark, often with columnar or narrowly ovoid crowns, small, often aromatic, scale-like leaves and small, spherical female cones
- Details ‘Green Pencil’ is a narrowly columnar evergreen tree with rich green foliage in upright sprays