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How to Transplant an Italian Cypress

By Bob Dobbs ; Updated September 21, 2017
Digging deep enough for the root ball is an important step in transplanting an Italian Cypress.

Italian Cypress evergreen trees are ideal for privacy and shade. Their hardy nature and ability to maintain foliage in difficult environmental conditions make them perfect for both. It is possible to transplant these trees, but it must be done before they grow too large. You want to be able to move the tree by yourself. Also, the larger the tree the more it will experience shock when transplanted. They can grow very tall and will block out a good portion of sunlight. Do not place them where they will throw shadows over light-needy plants. Otherwise, they are suitable for just about any location in your yard.

Move the Italian Cypress to a spot that has partial sun.

Dig a hole wide and deep enough to contain the root ball.

Dig out the tree from its current location, being careful to get the entire root ball.

Plant the root ball in the hole, covering it immediately with soil. Pack the soil down with a shovel or by stomping with your feet.

Water the newly transplanted Italian Cypress to help reduce the effects of plant shock. Apply enough water to keep the soil and root ball moist. Fertilize at this point if you want. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Shovel
  • Garden hose
  • Fertilizer


  • Losing too many roots in the transplanting will mean a difficult transition, and possibly the death of the cypress.

About the Author


Bob Dobbs has been working as a freelance writer since 2005. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Think+Up and Travels.com. Dobbs earned his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2006.