Cypress trees are tall conifers that can grow 150 feet high and 12 feet wide and live for over 200 years. Cypress is extremely tolerant of flooding and can survive in standing water for months at a time. Many gardeners grow cypress not only for its sheer, majestic beauty, but also for its usefulness as a control for flood drainage. Cypress trees are also evergreen and make excellent privacy barriers and property borders.
Plant your tree on the same day you bring it home from a local nursery or supplier. The best time to acquire the tree is near the end of winter, preferably immediately after the last frost.
Plant your cypress tree in an area where the soil is usually moist. Areas near streams, rivers or ponds are best for cypress, although the tree will also grow away from water. The tree will grow best in full sunlight and is tolerant of shade.
Dig a hole that is twice as wide and only as deep as the tree's root ball. If planting multiple trees, allow each tree 6 to 10 feet of space. Soil amendment is not required for cypress trees, although mixing a small amount of compost into the native soil will not hurt.
Separate the tree's roots and lightly water them if they seem dry. Gently lower the tree into the hole and fill the hole with soil. Water the tree thoroughly and wait for the soil to settle periodically while filling the hole. This will eliminate any air near the tree's roots.
Place a soaker hose near the base of the tree and add a 2-inch layer of mulch around the tree. The mulch should reach 2 feet from the tree on all sides.
Water your tree heavily during the first three weeks, then afterward during any dry periods. Fertilizer and pruning are not required. The tree will grow into a naturally aesthetic shape without pruning.