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Italian Cypress Evergreen Trees

Updated July 19, 2017

Italian cypress trees are a variety of evergreen that produces a distinct, narrow shape that is often used to accent homes and gardens. The foliage on Italian cypress is dark green year-round and produces a constant source of colour to the garden. Italian cypress trees often feature compact, dense foliage that adds a strong architectural accent in a garden. Many varieties of Italian cypress evergreen trees grow best in full sun and have the ability to tolerate drought and a wide variety of soils.

Italian Cypress Glauca (Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca')

Italian cypress Glauca (Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca') is a variety of Italian cypress evergreen tree that has a moderate growth rate. It grows 25 to 40 feet tall and has a maximum width of 3 feet. Italian cypress Glauca is noted for its columnar crown shape and horizontally spreading branches. The blue-to-green foliage on Glauca is scale like and the thin twigs that are brown-to-grey in colour. Italian cypress Glauca grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Hardy, it tolerates drought and withstands clay, loamy and sandy soil varieties.

Italian Cypress Totem (Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem')

Italian cypress Totem (Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem'), also called pencil cypress, is an evergreen Italian cypress tree variety that has a compact habit and columnar shape. It has a medium growth rate and grows up to 40 feet in height and 8 feet wide. Pencil cypress is noted for its upright, slender shape and ascending branches. Pencil cypress produces dark-green, scaly foliage and is often used as an accent plant grown singly or in groups. Pencil cypress grows best in full sun and well-drained, acidic to alkaline soil. Versatile, they tolerate a wide range of soil varieties, including, chalky, loamy, sandy and clay soils.

Italian Cypress Swane's Golden (Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Golden')

Italian cypress Swane's Golden (Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Golden') is a conifer evergreen tree that has a slow growth rate and columnar, narrow growth habit. It grows 15 to 20 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide and as an evergreen, provides year-round interest to the landscape. Swane's Golden features yellow-tinged foliage that creates a vibrant addition to the landscape. Hardy, it is deer resistant and once established requires little watering. Swane's Golden grows best in full sun and well-drained soil.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.