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Cupressus sempervirens Totem

Italian Cypress

Stunning column like form

An evergreen tree with a narrow columnar shape that can help to add visual structure to a border or for striking effect plant in a container and place as a pair either side of an entrance.


Plant in an open spot in full sun, sheltered from cold dry winds if possible. It enjoys most hot dry summers and mild, rainy winters.


It is happy in any well-drained soil, and needs little attention once established.

This long-lived conifer is a familiar part of the landscape of Mediterranean regions. They have been planted throughout the world in regions with a similar climate.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available February - July
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 800 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From February to July