Italian Cypress in Zone 6?

flowerpower___(Z6 New Rochelle)March 2, 2005

I would like to make "kind" of a formal Italian garden and would very much like to know if I can plant Italian Cypress in Zone 6, Westchester County in NY. It is a very narrow cypress and has columnar habit. Any help will be highly appreciated.

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Hi, IC are rated down to z7b which kind of leaves things uncertain as to whether they will survive an extended deep freeze like the kind NY has experienced as of late.
The PBS show Victory Garden did a series of shows on Italian gardening/plants and focused on IC in at least one of them, if memory serves me. Perhaps an internet search of their site might help.
good luck


Here is a link that might be useful: Victory Garden

    Bookmark   March 5, 2005 at 1:54PM
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I live in Cold Spring, Putnam County, a bit north of you, but also Z6. A neighbor has several Italian Cypress (the "glauca" which is a frosty blue-green and most lovely) which she planted about 2 or 3 years ago to replace some yews that had outgrown their mission. They are doing fine and have really enhanced her garden, which is sort of Italianate (she has a knot garden edged in box and has real taste and charm incorporated into her property). If you are in New Rochelle, I would say go for it. A friend who is a NR native claims that the Sound moderates the climate there.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2005 at 4:39PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

You could consider columnar yew, like Hicksii. The effect is the same, but yew grows much more slowly. (but is hardy)

    Bookmark   March 8, 2005 at 5:56AM
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