Cupressus sempervirens totem
Cupressus sempervirens totem
Italian Cypress Totem

Cupressus sempervirens totem


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Visually, Cupressus sempervirens Totem recalls the elegant cypress standing sentinel around villas on Tuscan hillsides; they have the same silhouette but on a smaller scale, making them a better proportion for gardens. For specimen planting, plant these small Italian Cypress in a large container or position at the back of borders, their slim, dark profiles drawing the eye.

In Greek mythology, Cyparissus, a youth from an island now known as Kea, was a favourite of the god Apollo. Cyparissus accidentally killed his beloved stag one night in his sleep and his grief was so acute that he died and was turned into a tree - a cupressus. This variety has been named, understandably, after iconic Canadian and northwest American totem poles.


Slow growing and tolerant of most things except exposure to cold winds

  • Moist, well drained soil
  • Full sun
  • All aspects
  • Sheltered

No pruning necessary but plant out of cold, drying winds


Wonderfully pine scented foliage

Scented Garden