Garden With Italian Cypress Trees
Italian cypress trees are evergreen trees characterized by rich green needles and a narrow, pyramidal shapes. The trees may grow to be between 40 to 60 feet tall, sometimes even reaching heights of up to 80 feet, with a spread of less than 10 feet. These trees are fairly easy to grow if placed in the right location, and it requires little maintenance once it becomes established. Preparation for planting Italian cypress trees begins with site selection for full sun and a percolation test to determine how well the soil drains. Before planting Italian cypress, amend soil, if necessary, to improve drainage. Italian cypress grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7B through 11, requiring very little care after the first six months following planting when it is well situated. This tree should be planted in full sun whenever possible. Proper drainage is necessary to avoid root disease.
If Italian cypress trees are must-have to fit your home and garden landscape design, mitigation measures can provide the drainage needed for the success of your trees. Install a French drain by digging an 18-inch deep trench leading away from your cypress tree and on a downward grade. If the land is flat, dig the trench successively deeper to create a grade. Fill the trench with drain rock. Make the trench long enough to drain the tree area when it is mature with an approximate root spread of six feet or more. Drain tiles or perforated pipe can be used in place of a rock-filled trench.