Italian Cypress - Knowledgebase Question

Oceanside, CA
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Question by rcapra
October 30, 2006
I am looking to plant several Italian Cypresses behind my pool. I have 6' from the back of the pool to the fence line. My question is are the root systren a concern this close to the pool and do the plants shed at all. Also how close do you plant them? I appreciate your help and quality plants!



Answer from NGA
October 30, 2006
Italian cypress are relatively clean, but over the years they will shed their inner needles so there will be some litter. The roots generally won't interfere with an in-ground pool. How close you plant them depends upon their mature width. If you stick with the narrow, upright varieties (var. sempervirens: also called 'fastigiata', 'stricta', and 'pyramidalis' which are columnar or narrowly conical), you can plant them 3-4' apart for a dense privacy screen.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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