Cupressus sempervirens, commonly called Italian cypress, is an evergreen conifer that is native to southern Europe and western Asia. In its native habitat, it typically grows in a spreading, open-horizontal form (sometimes referred to as var. horizontalis) that is rarely if ever sold in commerce. Their heights can reach 80 ft, but their spreads are seldom more than 8 ft. In Delhi conditions, they are not able to grow as tall. The leaves are needle-like and dark green at all times of the year. The young trees can sometimes be mistaken for Morpankhi. The main difference is that Morphankhi has all leaves and branchlets in one plane, which makes it easy to put them in books, a habit common in school kids all over India. The leaves and branchlets of Italian Cypress are not in one place. Cones develop in March-April.
Planting & Caring –
Best in well-drained sandy loams in full sun with medium to moderate moisture. Tolerates some drought once established.