Cupressus sempervirens
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Cupressus sempervirens

Italian cypress

  family cupressaceae 
  genus cupressus 

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Genus  Cupressus Species  sempervirens Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Italian cypress Family  CUPRESSACEAE Specimen number  S13951 Data source  Allergy p260;HtZn p103;MedPl p195
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  30' - 40' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This is an insect resistant variety. Cupressus sempervirens can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0� Fahrenheit. Italian cypress needs summer days with high heat. Full sun is needed for this plant to do its best. It prefers dry, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  yes Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  1" cones Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Feb 01 - Mar 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   antihemorrhoidal   febrifuge   antispasmodic   antipertussive   antirheumatic Medicinal parts  Cones   Branches   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Do not take essential oil internally without professional guidance. Medicinal notes  Cupressus sempervirens has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as an astringent, as an antihemorrhoidal, as a febrifuge and as an antispasmodic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) Italian cypress requires professional guidance for safe usage. The cones and the branches and even the essential oil are used to prepare herbal remedies. Do not take essential oil internally without professional guidance. This anemophilous species has only a light pollen count during hay fever season. Hay fever season usually extends from February to March.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  aromatic leaves Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Cupressus sempervirens is a cultivated ornamental.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Cupressus sempervirens is a woody perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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