Planting cypress trees on your property gives you excellent landscape specimens with wood extraordinarily resistant to decay. Deciduous conifers that are closely related to the sequoias and redwoods of California, cypress trees have normal life spans of hundreds of years.
Hailing from prehistoric days, these trees once ranged widely across the whole of North America. Unfortunately, there are not nearly the number today as once upon a time in the past, but we can still enjoy this gorgeous living reminder of Earth’s earlier days in the here and now.
Dos and Don’ts of Cypress Trees
A common misconception people hold about planting cypress trees is that they must always be planted in or near water. The truth is that the seed of cypress trees must remain in water in order to fully germinate, but that after germination, the seedling can be planted in either wet or dry conditions and thrive beautifully.
Planting cypress trees in soil that is too alkaline, however, can cause the tree to become chlorotic. This is a condition in which the veins in the leaves are highly visible against the rest of the leaf, which becomes pale and washed-out looking. If the condition is allowed to persist, the tree can eventually die.
It is important, therefore, to make sure that when planting cypress trees, you always do it in low-pH soils (acidic) so the tree can thrive and grow on to become the majestic beauty it was meant to be.
Attempting to correct the pH level in soil that is not naturally conducive to the growth of the cypress can be an exercise in futility. (See: Improving Alkaline Soil)
As the roots grow deeper and deeper into the soil, it becomes impossible to get adequate acidic soil amendments to reach them. It is far wiser to plant the tree in already-adequate soil that supplies the acid conditions the tree needs for good health.
The spiral arrangement of the foliage, along with its unique, attractive texture makes planting cypress trees appropriate for many areas; parks, large yards, school yards, and just about any other areas that have enough land to accommodate this large tree. Their pyramid-shaped growth pattern and adaptability make them near-perfect windbreaks for coastal areas as well as within inland regions.
The knees produced by cypress trees make a highly unusual, yet attractive addition of which experts still do not understand the biological function. As part of the tree’s root function, these knees are thought to perhaps supply extra oxygen to the root system.
Others argue these aboveground growths are to stabilize the tree and are utilized as anchors to keep the tree from falling in areas where the ground may have a propensity to shift.
Planting cypress trees lend interest and beauty to any area with enough space to show them off properly. This magnificent tree, with only three remaining forms of the genus still in existence, is a tree that will outlast you and most probably your immediate descendants. Planting these trees is truly an investment in the future, and you cannot go wrong with that.
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