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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive suewylan 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.


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

North Fork, California
Yorba Linda, California
Sandy, Utah

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