Italian Cypress, Funeral Cypress
Cupressus sempervirens 'Monshel'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cupressus (koo-PRESS-us) (Info)
Species: sempervirens (sem-per-VY-renz) (Info)
Cultivar: Monshel
Additional cultivar information:(PP12933; aka Tiny Tower)
Hybridized by Zylstra
Registered or introduced: 2000
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Category:

Conifers

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Fork, California

Yorba Linda, California

Sandy, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 12, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Smaller Italian cypress...easy care.
Discovered in 1991 by nurseryman Doug Zylstra at West Covina Wholesale Nursery, Santa Barbara, California. A 'Glauca' for the exceptionally dense, narrow columnar form and tight growth habit without pruning.

The Tiny Tower, a compact variety of the Italian Cypress, was more than 10 years in the development stage at Monrovia before it was patented and launched in 2001. One reason was that Monrovia wanted to make sure it would maintain its smaller stature, and seondly, they found it was difficult to propagate. They used their sophisticated tissue culture laboratory to propagate enough for a widespread distribution.