Italian Cypress - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
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Question by dlendian
December 7, 2009
I have two Italian Cypress trees in my front walkway. One has one trunk, but the other has two. Is this standard? Will it be much larger than the other one? I ell in love with them after seeing them all over Italy.

Diana Lendian

Answer from NGA
December 7, 2009
It isn't all that unusual for an Italian Cypress to have two main trunks rather than one. It simply indicates that as a very young plant the original stem received a little damage which prompted the plant to develop a new stem which was to become the central leader. But, the first one recovered and both stems competed for the label of central leader. They have since learned to grow as a team rather than to compete. As a result, the plant has duplicate stems. Neither will bother the other. Enjoy your cypresses!!

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