Anyone at all familiar with the Italian countryside cannot help but be reminded of Italy when seeing this tree. Known as the Italian Cypress, Tuscan Cypress or Pencil Conifer its tall elegant spires of dark green are an integral part of the Italy as much as the terracotta roofed houses that dot the hilly Tuscan countryside (and many other parts of Italy).
It is very easy to grow albeit rather slow growing (requiring only an ornamental trim a couple of times a year during the growing months May to September to retain its slim elegant shape) and so it is advisable to buy a tree to the size you need unless you are willing to be very patient.
They make a particularly striking feature when used to line avenues or say a driveway approach for the front of a property. Even one alone can make an massive impact in the garden amongst other architectural style plants.
Tuscan Cypress grow naturally upright and may require staking to keep the slim tall tree always straight and to stop it bending in strong winds. They are suitable for both planting in the ground or in planters but bear in mind Cupressus tree varieties do not like to dry out (but do prefer well-draining soil) so keep well-watered in the hotter months of year from April to October.
The Italian Cypress are a must-have tree for anyone interested in structure and shape in the garden and they can be underplanted with many other interesting Mediterranean style plants such as Lavender, Agapanthus or Pittosporum Tobira Nana.