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How to Grow Cypress Trees

By Kelsey Erin Shipman ; Updated September 21, 2017

Cypress trees are popular in landscaping because their thick foliage and height provide privacy. These fast-growing trees can grow up to 4 feet a year and are adaptable to a variety of soils. Bald cypress trees generally grow in very wet conditions in swamps or along rivers and streams. The Arizona Cypress, on the other hand, grows on the dry, rocky slopes of mountains. Consult your local plant nursery about the specific requirements of your cypress tree. All cypress trees grow best in climate zones 6 to 10. With the right care, cypress trees can live for hundreds of years.

Choose a location. Cypress trees grow best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Most cypress trees do well in well-drained soils. Plant a row of cypress trees along a fence for added privacy.

Prepare the soil. Use a rotary tiller to break up the soil and loosen any clumps of mud or dirt. Remove large rocks and pull all the weeds from the planting area.

Dig a hole. Use a shovel to dig as deep as the container and several inches wider.

Plant your cypress tree. Place it in the center of the hole and fill in with the original dirt. Cover the roots with at least 2 inches of soil. Use your hand or foot to pat down the soil and remove any air pockets.

Spread mulch. Use a high-quality mulch around the base of the tree to keep the soil moist and to prevent weeds. A layer of 1 to 2 inches of mulch is sufficient.

Water your tree immediately after planting. Douse the ground with water using a hose. In dry climates, cypress trees need deep watering every week to ensure healthy growth. In areas with heavy rainfall, cypress trees only need water in periods of little rainfall.

Monitor your tree. Cypress trees are very low-maintenance and require little additional care once established. Watch your tree for pests such as the front-tree caterpillar, whose larvae builds webs and feeds on needles.


Things You Will Need

  • Rotary tiller
  • Shovel
  • Young cypress tree
  • Mulch
  • Hose
  • Water


  • Save the cones from your cypress trees and plant them in the spring or fall.