Cypress - Italian ( Stricta ) / Size 2
Italian Cypress / Cupressus sempervirens stricta

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Product Code: CYPITA2

Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta'

Overall Description

Italian Cypress is a native evergreen tree found in many areas of Italy, with ancestry dating back to Renaissance times. Foliage is evergreen, and grayish / green, with just a hint of blue color to it. The 'Stricta' strain has long been sought after - as it is by far the most narrow in width of all Italian Cypress strains, and is great for giving a very formal, Mediterranean look to many different landscapes. Works great as a border or screen in tight areas with limited space, and also used frequently to attain a formal look when lined along driveways, fences, and up against taller buildings, etc.

Enjoys warmer climates, with full sun exposure and well drained soil. Will not thrive very well in heavy clay, or poorly drained soils. Italian Cypress is quite a vigorous grower, and can reach a mature height of 30 - 40 feet pretty quickly if soil & environmental factors are favorable.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 30 - 40 ft

--Mature Width : 3 - 5 ft

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 12" - 20" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
7b - 10

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun preferred, to light partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly loamy with neutral pH - well drained

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - scale type foliage is a grayish green color with a slight blue tint to it. Texture is thick, but very pliable & rubberlike.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - rounded cones are often produced on older specimens. Cones are perfectly round, measuring about 1" in diameter. Cones begin as a pale light green color, and then ripen into a deep mahogany brown when ripe in mid fall. Cones contain small seeds.

--Diseases / Insects :
No serious threats, however occasional inspection for spider mites is recommended.

--Recommended Spacing :
Depends on the overall look desired - have seen this variety planted as close as 3 ft apart ( for basically a solid wall or screen ), or as wide as 6 - 8 ft apart ( if a clean break is desired between each specimens ).

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding : For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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