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Italian Cypress Cupressus sempervirens (Cupressaceae) HEIGHT to 22m. Slender, upright evergreen with dense dark-green foliage. Usually columnar, but sometimes broadly pyramidal. BARK Grey-brown and ridged. BRANCHES Strongly upright and crowded, bearing clusters of shoots. Numerous young shoots arise from the leading shoots. LEAVES Dark-green, scale-like, no more than 1mm long; unscented. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Small greenish-yellow male cones up to 8mm across grow on tips of side-shoots. Elliptical, yellowish-grey female cones, up to 4cm across, grow near ends of the shoots; they ripen brown. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of mountain slopes in S Europe and Balkans, east to Iran. Most wild trees are spreading, but elegant columnar form is widely planted elsewhere.
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Italian Cypress Cupressus sempervirens (Cupressaceae) HEIGHT to 22m. Slender, upright evergreen with dense dark-green foliage. Usually columnar, but sometimes broadly pyramidal. BARK Grey-brown and ridged. BRANCHES Strongly upright and crowded, bearing clusters of shoots. Numerous young shoots arise from the leading shoots. LEAVES Dark-green, scale-like, no more than 1mm long; unscented. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Small greenish-yellow male cones up to 8mm across grow on tips of side-shoots. Elliptical, yellowish-grey female cones, up to 4cm across, grow near ends of the shoots; they ripen brown. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of mountain slopes in S Europe and Balkans, east to Iran. Most wild trees are spreading, but elegant columnar form is widely planted elsewhere.

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Date: 3 Jul 2013
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Credit: ANDREW CLEAVE/NPL
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