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How to Grow Cypress Trees and Shrubs

Cupressus Sempervirens

Cypress is a family of long-lived ornamental trees and shrubs. With hundreds of varieties, Cypress is native to many parts of the world. This hardy tree is related to sequoia trees. Like the Sequoia, it can grow very large, and live for a long, long time.. Cypress trees can live for over 100 years. Some varieties can grow 100-120 feet tall and 3-6 feet in diameter.

Cypress have ben popular in gardens for perhaps thousands of years. Fast growing it can grow up to 4 feet a year. It has a thick foliage of feathery leaves. It is popular as a decorative landscaping ornamental, and as a privacy hedge.

Some varieties of Cypress are deciduous, while others are evergreens. Among the most popular deciduous varieties is the Bald Cypress, which sheds its leaves in the fall. Attractive fall leaf colors range from orange to red. For privacy fences, the evergreen varieties, like the Leyland Cypress are preferred.  


Cypress Propagation

Cypress trees can be grown from seeds. Germination takes a long time, 30-90 days or more. Start seeds indoors in a large container. Growing them in a greenhouse is ideal. After the seed germinates, grow it indoors in full sunlight for 6-12 months. Then, transplant the young sapling tree outdoors, ideally in the spring.

You can gather seeds in the fall, collecting pine-like cones from established trees, and removing the seeds. Dry the seeds. Germination is improved by chilling the seeds in the refrigerator for a couple of months.

Cypress trees can also be grown from cuttings.

Most homeowners buy small shrubs or trees from their local garden nursery. First identify whether you want an evergreen or a deciduous variety. Make certain to identify the growth width and height of the variety you are considering prior to purchase, to make sure it meets your landscaping plan.

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How to Grow Cypress Trees

Juniper is hardy, low maintenance, and easy to grow tree. It grows best in full sun to partial shade. Soil requirements vary, depending upon variety. Some varieties like wet soil, while others grow well in dry rocky soils.

Planting Your Cypress Tree - Like any other shrub or tree, dig a hole about twice the size of the rootball. Mix in some rich compost. Remove the rooted plant from the container. Set it into the hole, and carefully loosen and spread the outer roots a little. Then fill in the hole, lightly tamping down the soil. Water thoroughly, 2 -3 times a week for a couple weeks.

Mulch around plants, to help keep weeds down, and to maintain a tidy appearance.

Additional fertilizer is not  necessary, except in the poorest of soils.


Pruning Your Cypress Tree:

The decision to prune or not to prune, depends upon the variety of Cypress tree, and you landscaping preferences. When grown as a privacy fence, trimming will keep it growing in a nice, tidy shape.


Protecting Cypress from Deer:

From late fall through early spring when food is scarce, deer may eat the foliage.While Cypress is not the favorite food of deer, they will turn to almost anything that is green when they are hungry or starving.


A favorite Fall pastime is planting fall bulbs. These bulbs turn into the first blooms of spring, brightening up and chasing away the dull, grey winter scenery. More on Bulbs

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