The Q&A Archives: Growth Rate Of Blue Italian Cypress

Question: On your website it states that the growth of the blue Italian cypress is fast growing. What is "fast growing" ? Is it .5 feet a year? More or less? I love these trees yet they are quite expensive. And do they do OK in part shade ? THank you for your time,
Kristan Alldrin

Answer: The rate of growth is quite dependent upon growing conditions. Ideal conditions (in terms of climate, soil type, frequency of fertilization and water availability) will produce the best growth in any plant. Rate of growth is broadly divided into slow - less than 6" of new growth each year; moderate - 6"-12" of growth; and fast - 12" or more new growth each year. Obviously, dwarf, miniature, or plants on dwarfing rootstock will remain smaller than their standard counterparts.

Italian Cypress grows best in full sunshine, although a few hours of morning shade shouldn't bother them to any great degree.

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