Common name: Mediterranean Cypress, common cypress, pyramidal cypress, cypress of cemetery.
Scientific name: Cupressus sempervirens-stricta-
Type: Perennial conifer.
Origin: Mediterranean area.
Description: Beautiful conifer very decorative due to his form colonnade and dark green foliage. Greyish crust and finamente grooved.
His habitual height in our Peninsula is of approximately 20 meters.
Very long-lived species, with a rapid growth the first years.
His very thin and aromatic wood is used especially in craft, carved, and even in musical instruments.
Very common in gardens, landscaping and especially associated with the cemeteries of which there are a fundamental symbolic and decorative element.
Flowering: Masculine inflorescences yellowish color: The feminine ones are greyish.
Resistance: Very resistant to pollution, the heat and the drought. He does not support low temperatures to-10ºC.
Epoch of sowing: Winter and spring.
Way of sowing: Direct sowing in the definitive area. Previously it is suitable to stratify in cold the seeds, supporting them in the icebox for 1 month to break this way his vegetative lethargy.
Care: It admits the prunings of repairing. These must be carried out in autumn or winter, when he is in vegetative process.
Type of soil: He adapts himself to any type of soil, even calcareous and yesosos.
Light: The full sun, although it admits the semishade.
I water: Scarce.
Curiosities: Species much tied to the Mediterranean culture, especially in his funeral and religious symbolism.
Different cultures of the antiquity have associated to the cypress as representative of the spirituality. Used in Egyptian and Phoenician sarcofagi. According to legends, it was a part in the structure of the Ark of Noé and of the Tempo of Salomón.
Therapeutic properties vasoconstrictoras, antitusivas and favorable for the nervous system, between others.