Because it grows tall and narrow, the
Italian cypress is favored in landscaping, especially for hedges and
windbreaks. It is commonly planted in this area.
If not kept trimmed, after a some
years it becomes much too large for small city lots. Also, when
ground saturating winter rains are followed by Santa Ana winds, tall
trees tend to topple. Most home owners cut the cypress down when
it gets much above the roof tops.
The leaves of the cypress are like
small scales, pressed tightly against the twigs.
Not all gymnosperms have needle
Here is a cone of the Italian cypress.
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