Cypress: planting, pruning and season maintenance tips


The cypress is one of the kings of the conifers, ideal in hedges but also as an isolated subject.

In summary, what you need to know is:

Name  : Cupressus sempervirens
Family  Cupressaceae
Type  Conifer

 5 to 18 m
Climate  : Hot tempered
Exhibition  : Sunny to shady
Sol  ordinary, well drained

 : Persistant

A read also : the Leyland cypress, king of hedges

Planting, maintenance and pruning are essential gestures to guarantee their good development and prevent them from getting sick.

Plantation of cypresses of Provence

Cypress is usually planted in hedges,  in early fall but it can also be planted up to the March-April outside of frosty periods.

If you plant it before winter To protect the roots from the cold, put a mulch at the foot of the conifer.

If this is in the spring You can perform the same operation to prevent weeds from invading their base.

In both cases maritime pine bark are perfectly adapted but any other mulching will perfectly fulfill this function.

  • Cypress is particularly afraid of humidity especially when it’s mixed with the winter cold.
  • The cypress tolerates wind but especially appreciates the sunshine and heat .

Size of cypresses

If no pruning is carried out, the cypress can reach almost 20 m high and will be characterized by a conical shape.
In hedges you will choose the waist height that you want and the thickness.

  • Prune your cypresses in preference to late summer or to beginning of spring .
  • Do not hesitate to prune frankly because the cypress grows back very…very fast.

The “evil gardener” will tell you that a good pruning in late August alone will guarantee perfectly controlled growth.
It was also at this point that the sap descends and thus reduce the growth of cypress trees.

The spring pruning is made of rising sap and therefore accelerates the growth of the tree, it is ideal for lurk prying eyes.

  • You can also find our advice on hedge trimming.

Diseases and parasites in the cypress of Provence

  • Few in number, there are nevertheless the cypress cortical canker .
    The branches turn brown and die.
  • Look out! This attack can condemn an entire hedge.
  • Cypress is also subject to attacks from aphids and cochineals

About the cypress of Provence

cyprès The cypresses of Provence are excellent windbreak ready to withstand any gust of wind.

They are also resistant to disease and pollution .

From an aesthetic point of view, it is very beautiful when planted in isolation or, better still, to delimit a long driveway by planting a cypress every 4 to 5 m.

The wood of the Cypress of Provence is very dense and for that reason very much appreciated by the cabinet makers.

Sa near-mutterproofing gives it a high resistance to water and humidity which was for a long time a wood that was widely used in boat building.

Finally, the essential oil extracted from cypress and particularly its branches, is used for its benefits on venous and lymphatic circulation.

Allergy and cypress

Cypress pollens give rise to certain allergies, which has even led to the implementation of a public health plan, particularly in Languedoc-Roussillon.

These allergies to cypress pollen occur mainly in the south of France, where it is most present.

These allergies can occur at any time of the year but mainly in late winter and spring.

Allergy to cypress generally results in pollen rhinitis and therefore itching of the eyes, tearing and redness.

Consultation with a doctor is strongly recommended to limit the effects.