These conifers have tiny scalelike leaves that are closely set on cord-like branches and bear interesting globular, golf ball–size cones made up of shield-shaped scales. They need little pruning.
Native to southern Europe and western Asia. The species has horizontal branches and dark green foliage, but variants such as ‘Stricta’ (‘Fastigiata’), columnar Italian cypress, and ‘Glauca’, blue Italian cypress (blue-green in color), are more common and are classic Mediterranean landscaping plants; both are dense, narrow trees to 60 ft. tall and 5–10 ft. wide at maturity. ‘Swane’s Golden’ is a narrowly columnar form with golden yellow new growth. ‘Tiny Tower’ is a slow, dense grower that reaches only 8 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide after 10 years; foliage is deep blue-green.
Native to southern Europe and western Asia. The species has horizontal branches and dark green foliage...
Native to the southeastern United States. Growing to 80 ft. tall and 60 ft. wide, this can be a street...
Native to Peru. Grows to 3–4 ft. tall and wide, with green leaves 2–6 in. long. Flowers in...