This stunning tree is admired for its elegant, narrow habitus. Branches grow upwards, very close to the trunk, and in mature trees its spread is often only one tenth of its height. Despite being naturally narrow, the Italian Cypress takes well to pruning and by removing the tips of shoots you can cultivate a broader tree. It is is known for its sweet smelling timber and is reported to be the wood used to make the doors of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It grows small needles in clusters, about 2cm in length that are green, but darken to brown when fully mature. The trees cones are spikey but spherical with a golden-brown colour. This columnar tree is well known for having a long life when in the correct conditions.
Ideal Conditions: Grows well in most soils, must be protected when growing as is susceptible to frost
Maximum Height: 12 metres