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A picture of a Cypress


Cupressus spp.

Also known as


Cupressus funebris 02 by Melburnian (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








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A close up of some green Cupressus leaves
A close up of some green Cupressus leaves and brown cones
A close up of some green Cupressus leaves and brown cones
A close up of some green Cupressus leaves against a black background
A photo of Cypress

Cypress Overview

Cupressus is a genus in the family Cupressaceae, containing approximately 16 species, commonly known as cypresses. They are vigorous evergreen cone-bearing plants that belong to the Pinophyta plant division. Examples from this plant division include cedars, Douglas firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, yellow-woods and yews. Conifer is often used as a general term to refer to this group, with the Latin meaning "the one that bears cones". They typically have flaking or scaly bark and foliage is reduced to small, aromatic, scale-like leaves that are in forward-pointing pairs. Female cones are small and spherical in shape, coloured brown, whereas male cones are green and borne at the shoot tips.

Common problems with Cypress

How to harvest Cypress

Mature trees are harvested for timber.

How to propagate Cypress


Propagation is by seeds and can be specific to different species.


Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Special features of Cypress

Wind break

Hedge plant

Fine green evergreen leaves makes a neat hedge.

Other uses of Cypress

Suitable for coastal conditions.

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