What Will Grow Close to Cypress Trees?

Cypress trees are fast-growing, broad-rooted evergreens native to wetlands and Mediterranean areas with plenty of rainfall. They need full sun and will not grow well with taller shade trees. Plant ferns, hollies, sedges and other plants with shallow roots that prefer moist, well-drained soils near cypress windbreaks, hedges and specimens.

Keywords: cypress companion planting, gardening with cypress, wetland garden plants

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Chicago native Laura Reynolds has been writing for 40 years. She attended American University (D.C.), Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois Chicago and has a B.S. in communications (theater). Originally a secondary school communications and history teacher, she's written one book and edited several others. She has 30 years of experience as a local official, including service as a municipal judge.