Where to buy Italian cypress around Austin area?

pebble09(8)January 28, 2013

Hi all,

I am hoping some long time Austinites can help me out here. I need to plant some tall evergreen trees in my front yard on either front corner of my house for definition.There is not much space for girth, so I want the trees to be slender and also for the roots to not invade the walls of my house.

I think Italian cypress though not native fits the bill.

1) I am looking for other suggestions that look similar architectural. Flowering would be nice, but needs to be evergreen.
2) Can someone tell me where I could purchase some Italian Cypress less $. I am OK with buying smaller 3G containers, as it'll be easier for me to put them in. Most nursuries I have checked charge $60 to $100 each, though they are for bigger containers.

Pebbles

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Gretchen Wood

If you want pond cypress seeds I have plenty. I live in Dallas. The squirrels take the seeds and bury them so I have a few small tree saplings growing. If you give the trees lots of water they grow fast. When we bought them they were toothpicks. We bought ours at a plant museum in McKinney, TX. We have had the pond cypress growing for 6 years and they are 40 feet tall.
I live in Dallas.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:47PM
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pebble09(8)

Gretchen, Thank you for your suggestion. I looked up Pond cypress and I think it will be too large for the corner I have in mind. I want something slender that grows to a max height of 20 feet or so.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 10:10PM
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beacivil1(8a/8b NW Austin, Tx)

What area of Austin are you in?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:11AM
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pebble09(8)

I live in NW Austin but work down South. So anywhere in Austin is fine, even Georgetown/Round Rock to Buda is OK.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 12:01PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Teds Trees in East Austin has Italian cypressfor one. I googled "trees Austin tx and got a lot of hits. It is a tree that is fairly common,

Here is a link that might be useful: Teds Trees

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:22AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Also D&B tree of north Austin area say they have Italian cypress

Here is a link that might be useful: D & B tree company , inc.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:43AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I saw them at Lowes in San Antonio yesterday.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 2:28PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I saw them at Loe's in Bee Caves so I think they are probaby in all the Lowe's in the area.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:01PM
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beacivil1(8a/8b NW Austin, Tx)

Pebble,
I'm in the Anderson Mill/183 area. A couple places you might check out in the area for trees is Countryside Nursery and Red Barn Nursery. Both are on Pond Springs Road. Another is up in Cedar Park on Old 183 (not Toll 183a) called Hill Country Water Gardens and Nursery. All three of these have a decent assortment of trees and are very knowledgeable and helpful. Also, if you are into organics, all three of them have Ladybug and Medina organic care products for anything from vegetables, to plants, to trees.

Hope this helps,
Bryan

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 11:13AM
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pebble09(8)

Thanks everyone!

I did see some at the lowes closest to my house for about $36 each. The ones I found were all bent over so didn't bring them home but I'll look around for some pretty ones.

Pebble

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 5:07PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

Didn't see them at Lowe's in Bee Cave yesterday. Man, they had a lot of sweet olives full of flowers. Smelled so good!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:39AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Wow , they went quick. They were nice looking ones.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:47AM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

What went quick?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:26PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

The Italian cypress went quick at the Lowe's in Bee Caves that I saw on 2/4. they looked nice too. I think I saw about 15- 20 of them

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:35PM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

I googled Italian Cypress to see what they looked like... and this page caught my eye.

http://www.wildflower.org/mobile/expert/show.php?id=7231

I don't have any issues with non-native plants, but the info on the drought, conifers (even native) and spidermites was new.

Here is a link that might be useful: something to think about

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 8:54PM
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pebble09(8)

Thank you everyone! I looked around some area nurseries and ultimately bought two 5G Italian cypress Glauca from Lowes at $36 each. I realized that they were very high demand and get sold pretty quickly. Some nurseries always have them albeit at a much higher price.

These 5G are very small maybe between 3-4 feet now, so they were easier to put in. Hopefully they'll grow some this year. My house is pretty tall roof for a two story on a typical neighborhood quarter acre lot surrounded by oak trees. Don't really have much room for trees but thought these green columns would soften the height of the house a bit. Couldn't find any alternate for the tight spots in the corners of the house.

I have read about spider mite problems. Figured I would always keep an eye out as they are so close to my house. One of my neighbors, down the street (never spoken to her) has two of these at either side of her front door. Two years ago they looked scraggly and brown and then for some time I would see her spraying something on them. Guess I would have an excuse to ask her if I run into similar problems and of course I have you guys.

Thanks,
Whiterose

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 11:27AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have heard that fish fertilizer is good. Spider mites love dry conditions. I am out in the Hamilton Pool area . I have friends on the Pedernales River who lost about five acres of mountain ash cedar. They also had that large fire stop at their front porch. They had more damage from the mites. Good luck.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 11:39AM
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