Italian Cypress Cupressus Sempervirens Pyramidalis

Volume 1+
Price per plant £144.00
Price £144.00
Volume 1+
Price per plant £390.00
Price £390.00

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Product description



The Mediterranean Cypress is largely native around the Mediterranean Sea. It can be found as far north as Switzerland, south to Libya and east to Iran and most places in between. Peculiarly it is also known as the Italian cypress despite not being native to Italy. It has been however been extensively cultivated there.

Where to grow

Ideally suited to climates with hot, dry summers and wet, mild winters, Cupressus sempervirens is sufficiently adaptable to grow, if not thrive, in most conditions. Its slim upright form lends itself perfectly to being planted in gardens and lining avenues and it has been successfully grown in Britain. It is not known exactly when it first reached British shores but it is thought to have been before 1600.

Did you know?

Pyramidalis is the typical variety of fastigiate habit, though not known in the wild state, it is the one most widely planted.  The largest specimens in England are in the South West and are 20m (65ft) tall.  Not thought to be fully hardy in this country it is more susceptible when young to cold winters.

Mature height
Large - 15-20 metres
0-5 meters
Growth rate
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Season of interest
Scented Foliage
Needs shelter
Dislikes cold sites
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
City/Urban Sites


For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


By Thelma Andrews on 30/04/2016

Good afternoon, we are looking to buy 3 Cupressus Sempervirens Pyramidals in the 80L pot size, could you please advise if you have these in stock.
Thanking you
Thelma Andrews

By Simon on 20/05/2016

Hello Thelma,

I will email you with our current stock of Cupressus sempervirens Pyramidalis. If you are able to order online, it usually means that we have available stock, but it’s worth phoning or emailing to see if we can fulfil your order if unavailable online.

By iain paton on 19/09/2017

i am looking to buy 1.00 - 1.40 tall trees in pots. How long can they be kept in the pots with the view of keeping them small and will they need any special care?

By Simon on 29/09/2017

Hello Iain,
With regular watering and feeding you should be able to maintain the trees in pots for a while, but they would probably need potting on into larger pots after about a year (ideally you want to gradually increase the pot size to create a good root system). The trees will use up nutrients in the compost quite quickly, so this will slow their growth. You can use slow-release fertiliser from a garden centre (follow packet instructions). Do not let the pots dry out. Keeping the trees upright and firm can be difficult, so think about how you will achieve this in your situation. Bear in mind that keeping trees in containers does limit their longevity, chiefly because the roots will eventually start to circle (the tree then becomes pot-bound). Monitor the root system by gently trying to lift from the pot -
don’t repot until the whole pot is ‘rooted through’ (the roots have spread throughout the compost). If you are looking for a small Italian cypress, the variety Totem is best as it only grows to about 4m.

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