Blue Italian Cypress
Sophisticated Classic Blue Italian Cypress
- Classic Columnar Shape
- Sculptural Detail
- Lush Blue-Green Foliage
- Works Beautifully on the Coast
- Drought Tolerant When Established
- Extremely Long Lived
Slender, gorgeous Blue Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca') trees have graced gardens throughout the Mediterranean for untold centuries. This beautiful tree has the ability to instantly conjure up the romantic charm of the Old World.
It's also incredibly hardworking in the home landscape and will look as stunning in the sleeping winter garden as they do in the vibrant summer garden. This tree can help you meet several garden goals, including privacy, shade, accent and definition.
Blue Italian Cypress are hardy, evergreen conifers. With their tall, narrow habit, they'll bring structure to your design all year-long. They'll dependably keep their lush, blue-green foliage almost all the way to the ground.
A natural column, these trees never need pruning to keep its classic upright shape, although you can shear them if you want a very formal look. Otherwise, a simple clip will take care of any errant branch. Overall, this is a very low-maintenance tree.
Blue Italian Cypress represent the pinnacle of worldly refinement. And it works just beautifully in the modern landscape on today's small lots. Order enough to complete your project today!
How to Use Blue Italian Cypress in the Landscape
People have been using these columnar trees to line the edge of their properties since time immemorial. Their tall spires give claim to a magnificent sense of land ownership. Imagine how incredible they would look lining your driveway, or serenely enhancing the perimeter of your yard.
They'll really take off for you once they get established in your soil. For a faster effect, be sure to purchase the largest, oldest trees we have in stock. You'll always be pleased at the immediate impact a larger tree will have on your design.
People plant Blue Italian Cypress as individual trees by digging planting holes at least 10 feet apart, measuring from the center of one trunk to the center of the next. You can also plant them closer to create a solid privacy screen by digging your planting holes 5 feet apart. The branches will grow together.
Plant them wherever you need a strong vertical accent in your yard. Use 3, 5, or 7 of them as individual trees in a curved garden bed to develop a "vista" or view from your deck. Include a special piece of statuary or fountain in that bed to draw your eye to this special focal point.
Consider a single tree as a magnificent specimen near the entrance of a Zen Garden. Pair it with contrasting a round boulder, river rock, mounding small shrubs and add in the arching plumes of Ornamental Grass. This tree easily creates special moments or "vignettes" in the garden.
Single specimens can also provide visual punctuation at important points of transition in your garden. For instance, try one near the entrance doorway of a contemporary house. Try a pair placed on either side of an imposing garden gate or cozy pergola.
Amp up your garden design with these special trees. Give yourself and your visitors an experience, as they move through your landscape.
Plant them 5 feet apart for a privacy screen, measuring from the trunk of one to the trunk of the other. They are quite comfortable being planted very close together to form a dense hedge to block an unwanted view. These trees are especially useful in a narrow side yard, as their footprint is small, but they achieve impressive height.
You can also use these to create a screen to provide shade on the south or west of your house. Consider getting creative with this treatment. Why not plant them in a geometric pattern to create a playful area for kids to hide and seek in and around these beloved trees? You'll create a memorable legacy.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Blue Italian Cypress are fast growing and tremendously drought tolerant once established. For best results, you'll want to baby them a bit when they are first introduced to your yard.
Watch the water that first year and use the "Finger Test" to check the soil conditions under the ground. Just poke your finger into the ground near the tree. If it feels dry, give your new trees a nice, long drink. If the soil feels moist, check again in a day or two.
Their root system is deep and rarely poses a surface root problem. Blue Italian Cypress can safely be used in side yards and planted 15 feet from sidewalks and driveways, measuring from the trunk.
They require very little maintenance and are adapted to a wide range of soils both acid and alkaline. They are particularly adapted to extremely dry and arid climates and are resistant to city contaminants.
Blue Italian Cypress are the perfect backdrop for almost any landscape and partner plant. You'll love adding these statuesque beauties to your garden. Order today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Ancient Tree Blue Italian Cypress
Blue Italian Cypress have been planted and loved in Tuscany and used as a staple of Mediterranean gardens for centuries. But this signature tree of Italian landscapes was not originally from Italy at all. Originating in Persia/Syria, the migrating Etruscan tribes brought the trees to Italy many thousands or years ago believing that it had mystical powers.
It is no surprise that they are often seen around cemetery's as the Etruscans believed that these uniquely upright trees, that seem to live forever and did not lose their leaves, had supernatural powers.
The strong fragrant resin of the cypress was believed to ward off evil. So, they were always a part of the Etruscan Landscape. The Etruscans would settle in the Tuscany region of Italy and eventually merge into the Roman empire and the beautiful Italian Cypress would forever be associated with the Classic Italian Garden.
The popularity of the tree grew from mystical to functional as the Tuscany people believed that the strong sent of the tree and its wood, aided in air freshening and so they were planted around all places where people congregated, but mostly around personal homes.
The Italian Cypress's essential oils have long been considered important in numerous applications and is today still used for many conditions including muscular cramps, arthritis and rheumatic pain, coughs and bronchitis, as well as fluid retention.
In their natural form, the Cupressus sempervirens is a wide spreading plant with horizontal branching. Starting with the Etruscans, all of the narrow upright selections are unique and have been saved and propagated for centuries. The tree is long lived with specimens documented at older than 1800 years. 'Glauca' is an especially favored variety for it's marvelous deep blue-green foliage.
|Botanical Name||Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca'|
|Mature Height||50 - 60 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Moisture||Medium to Low|
|Foliage Color||Blue Green|