Cypresses are a type of evergreen tree that is often used as an ornamental plant. They are native to the Mediterranean region and can grow to be up to 40 feet tall. Cypresses have needles instead of leaves and their cones are small and round.
Cypresses are known for their strong, straight trunks and for their ability to tolerate harsh conditions. They are often used as windbreaks or privacy screens in landscaping. Cypresses can also be used in bonsai form.
The wood of cypress trees is very durable and is often used in construction, furniture-making, and shipbuilding. Cypress essential oil is also popular in aromatherapy.
Growing cypresses is generally easy, although they do require well-drained soil and full sun. Cypresses are relatively drought-tolerant and can withstand short periods of flooding. They are also tolerant of salt spray, making them a good choice for coastal regions.
Pruning is typically only necessary to remove dead or damaged branches. Cypresses can be propagated from seed, cuttings, or grafting.
Why should you grow cypresses?
- Cypresses can reach a height of up to 10m when matured, which makes it a great hedging plant for screening and privacy.
- With the cypress being highly resistant to deceases and pests, it can easily be grown in these areas where these deceases and pests are active.
- The dense foliage of the cypress will act as a windbreak, while reducing the impact of noise and air pollution at the same time.
- It will host a lot of wildlife. It will provide shelter and serve as nesting site for multiple birds. Especially during the winter.