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Care of the tree Cupressus dupreziana or Saharan cypress.

Care of the tree Cupressus dupreziana or Saharan cypress

The genus Cupressus, family Cupressaceae, comprises about 30 species of trees native to Asia, Europe and America. Some species are: Cupressus dupreziana, Cupressus macrocarpaCupressus funebris, Cupressus sempervirens, Cupressus sargentii, Cupressus arizonica, Cupressus atlantica, Cupressus forbesii.

Common names: Saharan cypress, Tarout. This species is native to nothern Africa.

They are slow-growing evergreen trees with a conical crown that reach 18 meters (59 feet) in height. The small scaly leaves are bluish-green in color. They produce rounded cones up to 2.5 cm (0.98") in diameter.

They are used as single specimens and in small groups in low-maintenance gardens. They are ideal for Mediterranean gardens.

The Cupressus dupreziana needs full sun exposure and a warm, dry climate. Frost resistant to -15 ºC (5 ºF).

They grow in any type of soil that has good drainage, especially in sandy soils.

They are very drought resistant plants that need occasional watering in summer. The rest of the year they are maintained with rainwater.

They do not need fertilizer.

Prune dry branches at the end of winter.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to the accumulation of water in the roots.

They propagate from spring sown seed but it is a slow process.

Images of the tree Cupressus dupreziana or Saharan cypress

Cupressus dupreziana
Cupressus dupreziana
Cupressus dupreziana