Strong vertical accents are always a dramatic addition to the garden, stopping the eye and creating depth and focus. There are several evergreens that are used for that purpose, but in warmer areas, none beat the pencil-thin outline of the Italian Cypress. This tree is known for its rich, dark-green foliage, and now we have for our gardening pleasure the stunning blue alternative of the Blue Italian Cypress. With all the great features of its parent, such as toughness and incredible drought and heat resistance, this dramatic tree adds bold green-blue foliage coloring. Like a bright needle, it thrust up against the sky, bringing drama and elegance at the same time to your garden. If you have hot, sunny spots which become very dry, then this is the perfect choice. Never taking up more than an area 6 feet across, even when fully grown, this fast-growing tree will shoot up to stand tall, just like you might have seen in the Tuscan hills of Italy.
The Blue Italian Cypress is the perfect accent tree, planted alone, or in a cluster of three or five trees. It is also magnificent planted at even spacing along a driveway – sentinels guarding your entrance, or more closely together as an easy screen that never needs clipping to stay upright and solid. A pair on either side of a doorway or entrance are dramatic and wonderful. Mixed with other trees it stands out and attracts attention. For a hedge in a confined space, it can be kept just 2 feet wide and at any height you need for an indefinite period. Yet this tree is so easy to grow, and so fast-growing, that you can literally plant it, and after a little watering during the first year, forget all about it. It will grow almost 3 feet every year, staying narrow and naturally becoming dense and solid. For an even sharper profile, it can of course be clipped, but it simply doesn’t need it. If time is important to you, then trimming is a thing of the past.
The Blue Italian Cypress grows naturally into a spire 60 feet tall, and even more, yet it stays 4 to 6 feet wide its whole life. For many years it will have foliage right to the ground, and even ancient trees only have a short trunk of rugged bark beneath the dense column of foliage. The tight, upright foliage is made up of small scales pressed hard against the thin stems, and the color is a magnificent silver-blue all year round. The new growth is bright blue-green, slowly darkening through the season, until in winter it is richly toned. Then it brightens again as the new growth begins.
The Italian Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens, originally grew wild in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East. For centuries it has been cultivated in southern Europe, and its classic pencil form, dark and thin against the Mediterranean sky, is seen in pictures of Italy in particular. It has been grown for many years in milder parts of the USA as well, especially in southern California and Florida. It grows well elsewhere too, and it will grow well even in areas where winter temperatures reach lows of zero degrees, in zone 7. The normal form grown in gardens is naturally thin and upright, needing no trimming to keep that form. The color is normally a deep green, but in the Blue Italian Cypress it is a green-blue color, making this tree even more striking in appearance. This improved form was developed by selecting seedlings over several generations, keeping those with richer coloring, until this beautiful tree was found. Cheap seedling trees will not have the special coloring of this unique tree, and our trees are grown only from the best selected blue forms.
Plant your trees in a sunny location, in any well-drained soil. It will not grow well in wet soil, but for the first season you should water it regularly, until it becomes established. Then it will need no further care, and it is very, very drought resistant. It has no significant pests or diseases and needs no trimming to maintain its pencil-thin narrow profile.
The Blue Italian Cypress is rarely offered for sale, and only limited stocks exist. We know that experienced gardeners will be ordering quickly, so if you want to enjoy this unique, low-maintenance accent tree in your garden, order now or you will certainly be disappointed.