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Tuscan cypress

Tuscan cypress

Tuscan cypress: speed of growth, cultivation and care. Price and advice on how to make a Tuscan cypress hedge.

They callTuscan cypressorblack cypress, in reality this name is an all-Italian appellation that refers to the subspecies highlighted by various authors such as Cupressus sempervirens Stricta, known worldwide asMediterranean cypress, Persian cypress and sometimes also as an Italian cypress.

Cupressus sempervirens Stricta is also known as C. sempervirens var. pyramidalis or C. fastigiata. These names have no toxanomic meaning, so they refer to a diverse group of dark-leaved cultivars and, hence, the second common nameblack cypress. I'll explain this to you because it is really difficult to navigate the different cultivars on the market and when you buy aTuscan cypress, all you do is buy a cultivar of the European cypress, the one that best suits our climate. The name "Tuscan cypress" was born because this plant is massively cultivated in the hilly areas of the Tuscany Region.

Tuscan cypress

Clarified the origin of the nameTuscan cypress, let's move on to describe the characteristics of this plant.

It has an elongated, compact and dark green hair. The fruits are round, 2-3 cm broad, of a bright green color at first and yellowish-brown when ripe. Fruits develop from flowers: the flowering period of the cypress coincides with that of allergies! It is not new that the flowers of this plant are the protagonists of many allergic phenomena. The flowering period is from March to June.

It is appreciated for its tall and tapered shape, a feature that makes it particularly suitable for creating tree-lined avenues, perimeter or dividing hedges.

How to grow the Tuscan cypress

Therecultivation of the Tuscan cypressis simple. At the time of planting it is important to respect a certaindistance between plants: the ideal distance is around 300 cm, it is in fact evergreen plants that in the long run reach very large dimensions. TheTuscan cypressit reaches considerable dimensions: a height of 18.22 meters and a width of approximately 250 - 300 cm

For cultivate cypress and keeping the hedge healthy are necessarycareconstants: pruning, watering, fertilizing and, preferably, mulching the soil. The cypressit needs a light but constant pruning, you will have to prune the cypress twice a year, especially in the first phase of growth.

If you start with small plants, remember that every cypress plant will need a sturdy stake that can help the roots take root on the ground without the interference of the wind.

Before planting the Tuscan cypress, dig deep into the soil by incorporating mature manure (or manure), dig after dig. Manure and, more generally, manure, is a very useful soil improver, capable of releasing nitrogenous substances essential to favor thegrowth of cypresses. Where to buy it? In any garden center or taking advantage of the online purchase where a 25 kg bag of stable manure (ideal for enriching the soils during planting) can be bought at the price of 24.50 euros with free shipping costs. For all information, I invite you to visit the Amazon page: Bio-rex manure. With the package just indicated you can fertilize the soil useful for planting 25 cypresses, adding a kg of organic matter (fertilizer) for each hole or incorporating it along the cultivation line at the time of digging.

Growth speed

The Tuscan cypress is appreciated for its moderate growth ratethis allows a slow initial set up of thehedgebut then it will require less maintenance at the pruning level. To encourage thegrowth of the Tuscan cypressPeriodic fertilizations are recommended (two per year), the first, in spring, with manure to be buried at the foot of the plant, the second, around June - July, with mineral fertilizer to be made with seasonal irrigations.

Those who prefer a faster growing cypress can opt for the Leyland cypress variety: it grows at least 40 cm per year. For further information: cypress hedge.

Tuscan cypress: price

The price depends on the size of the plant but even more, it depends on the nursery that proposes it: a single advice, better to speculate by consulting different nurserymen and agricultural consortia in order to get a good price. A vase with a diameter of 30 cm and above all a specimen ofTuscan cypress90 - 100 cm high can be bought at prices between 15 - 40 euros, depending on the retailer. A small sapling of 40 - 50 cm can be bought for 5 - 10 euros. The price, at times, is also linked to the quantity of cypress trees purchased but the reduction is not significant compared to the price fluctuations that can be found between one retailer and another.


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