The Q&A Archives: Blue Italian Cypress

Question: I am very fond of the look of the blue italian cypress. I am having difficulty contacing a nursery who sells the stock. I have purchased a number of Monrovia shrubs, and I am quite pleased with their quality. Hence, I would like to do the same with this tree.
First, is it likely to be successful in growing in central West Tennessee? Second, how susceptible is the tree to pests such as bagworms, etc.?

Answer: Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca' or Blue Italian Cypress is considered winter cold hardy to between 0 and 10 degrees, so unless you have an unusually sheltered location it could be a problem. This may explain why local nurseries do not stock it -- you might check with them and see if this is why, or if there is some other reason they would not recommend it for your local area. An alternative plant with a similar tall, slim, blue look is the Rocket juniper. It should do well for you in a full sun location with average to well drained soil. Although considered quite trouble-free and low maintenance, this juniper would be subject to bagworms (as would so many plants) if they are prevalent in your local area.

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