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False cypresses are evergreen, very fast-growing and long-lived plants - if they grow in a favorable location. What you need to consider when choosing a location and how to properly plant the easy-care ornamental trees.

False cypresses are planted in autumn

Which location is ideal for false cypresses?

False cypresses like it sunny or at least partially shaded. In a location that is too dark and shady, the trees remain small and weak.

You can also grow low false cypresses in tubs or as bonsai.

What should the soil be like?

  • Relaxed
  • humor
  • Without waterlogging
  • If possible not calcareous

Prepare the planting hole by working mature compost or horn shavings (€32.93) into the soil. Loosen very solid soils with sand. If the soil is damp, you should provide drainage.

What planting distance must be observed?

As a single plant, the false cypress should have three square meters. When planting as a hedge, the ideal planting distance is 50 centimetres. If the hedge is to remain very low, 30 centimeters are sufficient.

How far the cypress must be from neighboring properties depends on the responsible municipality.

When planting near buildings, keep a distance of at least two meters.

When is the best planting time?

Like all trees of life, it is best to plant false cypresses in autumn to early October. Container goods can be planted all year round if you water the plants regularly.

Can false cypresses be transplanted?

Transplanting is possible up to the age of about four years. Older cypresses should not be transplanted, as it is almost impossible to dig up the entire root ball.

How are false cypresses propagated?

Propagation is by seed or cuttings.

Which plants are suitable as neighbors?

If the cypress stands alone, it works best if it has a lot of space around it. In hedges, it gets along with many other hedge plants such as thuja, snow jasmine or hornbeam.

Are cypresses poisonous?

False cypresses are poisonous in all parts of the plant, both for humans and animals. They should therefore only be planted out of the reach of children, pets or grazing animals.


There are around ten different types of false cypress on the market. They differ mainly in the color of the needles. So you can plant blue cypresses or opt for light green or darker varieties.

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