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Wholesale Cypress Trees
World famous trees that live for hundreds of years, cypress trees truly stand out from the crowd. They can be found anywhere in the world, but they’re most commonly seen in the western United States, along the Pacific coastline. They are hardy yet elegant, large yet low maintenance. As both deciduous and conifers, cypress trees are versatile and able to flourish in almost any environment.
Cypress Trees: Deciduous Confiners
Cypress trees are both deciduous and conifers. What does this mean? Deciduous trees shed their leaves in the autumn, while conifers are trees with cones. As such, cypresses are trees that both shed their leaves and have cones. Their needles will turn brown and fall off in the fall. It’s important to note, however, that not all cypresses fall under this category. Some are evergreens just like other cone-bearing trees and won’t lose their leaves in the fall and winter months.
Cypresses are distinctive and majestic, growing anywhere from 50 to 80 feet tall (although smaller species may grow only 25 feet). They spread out about 20 to 30 feet wide, their bodies covered in leaves that range from needles to hair-like appendages. Their leaves can be dark green or a light bluish-green, and their wide plumage makes them a popular choice for ornamental landscaping.
Cypresses are a unique species of trees in appearance and functionality. Here are a few quick facts about cypresses that you should know before planting any in your home or garden:
A notable feature of cypress trees are their knees. They are the only trees with knees. These aren’t like the knees that humans have. Instead, they are woody growths that develop all over the tree. They don’t develop on all cypresses, only those that live in swampy or wet conditions. Their purpose isn’t completely understood, but some researchers believe they provide supplemental oxygen to roots that are submerged in water.
Cypresses are often found natively in wet, swampy areas or along the coastline. This leads many to believe that they can only grow in wet or damp conditions. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Cypress trees are surprisingly resilient, able to withstand a wide array of extreme climates and conditions. While they will grow their best in wetter conditions, they can still flourish in drier areas, even able to withstand the occasional drought.
Cypress trees have been a valuable resource for centuries. In the 1700s, they were often used to build canoes or water pipes. As society developed, they were then used to make ladders, railroad ties, roofing shingles, fence posts, siding, and more. In today’s world, we mainly use cypress trees for landscaping or for lumber. Much of the mulch we buy from the store is also made out of cypress.
As stated previously, cypress trees grow best in areas with lots of water, but they can flourish in practically any environment or climate. This is especially true with cultivated landscapes. When finding a spot for your cypress trees, look for an area with full or partial sunlight, and rich, acidic soil. If you have any bodies of water, try planting your cypress tree alongside them. But again, this is not a requirement. Cypress trees will grow in drier areas if need be.
Once you’ve found the perfect spot to plant your cypresses, the rest is rather simple. After planting, drench the soil around the tree with water. Then, cover the roots with about 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch. This will ensure that the tree stays hydrated, especially if you live in a drier environment. Water the tree once a week for the next few months and take care to provide a little extra nourishment during the spring and fall. Spring is when cypresses go through their growth spurt, while fall is when they prepare to go dormant. They will need extra water during these times to stay lush and healthy. Once a full year has passed you can fertilize your trees with a balanced fertilizer. You should continue doing this once every year or every other year.
Cypresses are fairly hardy trees, but they are not impervious. They have trouble withstanding severe frost, and can be susceptible to crown gall, root rot, and stem canker. Thankfully, they have very few issues with insects, so you’ll save money on insecticide.
If you’d like to plant cypress trees for your home, garden, or business, then give us a call. Our stock of cypress trees are guaranteed fresh and healthy upon delivery. Spring orders are scheduled for climate zone appropriate times, while fall orders are scheduled depending on the weather. To learn more about our stock of cypress trees, contact us today!