9 varieties of cypress for garden

Would you like to have a garden that looks rustic, healthy and, moreover, protected? If so, evergreen conifers are your best option. Although these plants tend to grow rather slowly, they hardly make anything dirty, since they remain evergreen throughout the year, and they are also very resistant to cold and frost.

But there are many varieties of cypress and sometimes it is not easy to choose one. We are going to propose 9 of them. Get to know them.

Cupressus arizonica

Image – Wikimedia/ Ken Lund

The Arizona cypress is a tree native to southwestern North America that grows to 15m tall. It has a conical crown with gray-green or blue-green foliage. The trunk is straight, up to 50cm thick, with smooth brown bark when mature.

Resists up to -18ºC.

Cupressus bakeri

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The Siskiyou cypress is a tree endemic to northern California and southwestern Oregon (USA). It reaches a height of 10 to 25m, and its trunk reaches a thickness of up to 50cm (rarely 1 meter). Its foliage is pendant, greenish-gray to opaque to glaucous blue-green.

Like other Cupressus species, its cones remain closed until a forest fire breaks out. But it has a slow growth rate, and it can take years to produce its first cones. If a fire breaks out earlier, it could end up with too many individuals, making the species even more threatened.

Resists up to -20ºC.

Cupressus cashmeriana

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The Bhutan cypress is a tree native to the eastern Himalayas. It grows between 20 and 45m in height, and its trunk has a diameter of 3 meters. He has an appearance that we could describe as “weepy.” Its foliage is bluish-green, which makes its ornamental value very high.

Unfortunately, it is a threatened species, which is why it is on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Resists up to -7ºC.

Cupressus forbesii

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The Tecate cypress is a conifer native to the mountainous regions of California, specifically Orange and San Diego. It also grows in northern Baja California (Mexico). It grows up to 10 meters in height, and its foliage is of an intense light green or green color.

It is a threatened species, due to the reduced habitat in which they live, and the fires. It must be said that its seeds germinate well after an event like this, but for there to be seeds they must first produce cones, and that is something that this species does not do until it matures, for which many years may pass.

It resists frosts down to -15ºC.

Cupressus funebris

This is a cypress that, despite having a rather sad last name, is one of the most interesting varieties. It is native to China and, unlike others, it has a weeping bearing, which is why it is called weeping cypress. It reaches a height of up to 35m, with a trunk thickness of up to 2m. It has a dense crown, with hanging branches of bright green color.

Resists up to -12ºC.

Cupressus glabra

This cypress is native to the southwestern United States, and is known by the name of Arizona Glabrous Cypress. It grows to a height of 10-15m, with a conical crown that can measure up to 50cm in diameter. The foliage is bluish in color, and the trunk is straight, with soft bark, without fluff.

It resists without problems up to -8ºC.

Cupressus leylandii (Cupressus x leylandii)

Image – Wikimedia/ Gmihail

The Leyland cypress is a natural hybrid between Cupressus macrocarpa and Callitropsis nootkatensis (formerly Cupressus nootkatensis ). It reaches a height of 20-25 meters, and its leaves are dark green. It produces seeds, but being a hybrid they do not have germination power.

Resists up to -12ºC.

Cupressus macrocarpa

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The Monterrey cypress, which is the name by which it is commonly known, is native to the southwestern United States. It is one of the best known and cultivated for its wide crown and its leaves, which are dark green and quite thick. It can grow up to 30m in height, and has a straight trunk, with very cracked bark, especially when mature.

It resists frosts down to -10ºC.

Related article:Lemon Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa)

Cupressus sempervirens

Image – Flickr/ Garden tourist// The Cupressus sempervirens are the columnar

We end up with the common cypress, the Cupressus sempervirens. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean, such as Greece, Cyprus or Turkey. It grows to a height of 30m, with scaly dark green leaves. The crown is dense, pyramidal or horizontal in shape, and its trunk can measure up to 1m in diameter, with a dark brown bark when mature.

Resists up to -17ºC.

What do you think of these varieties of cypress? Do you know others?

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