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How to Water Italian Cypress Trees

By Thomas K. Arnold ; Updated September 21, 2017

The Italian cypress, the proud, plume-like evergreens that are popular landscaping trees, are relatively easy to care for. They are generally drought tolerant, but regular watering is crucial to the tree's long-term health, particularly during the first two years of its life.

Turn the hose on and water thoroughly around the tree, using a circular motion. If you recently planted the tree, the roots are still congregated around the root ball, so water close to the trunk. For established trees, water under the tree canopy and stay at least a foot away from the trunk to minimize the risk of root rot.

After watering, let the water soak into the ground. With your finger, check the soil. The soil should be moist to a depth of 1 inch. Surface watering is good for a tree because most of a tree's absorbing roots are in the top foot of soil.

Water thoroughly two or three times a week, depending on weather conditions. If you're in a dry spell, water more frequently. A good rule of thumb is to perform the "finger check," outlined in Step 2, each day to make sure there's enough moisture in the ground.


Things You Will Need

  • Hose
  • Water


  • Italian cypress trees prefer well-drained soil, so before you plant, make sure you mix sand in with the existing top soil.


  • Italian cypress trees can be susceptible to root rot. Avoid watering directly next to the trunk, except for newly plant trees, and never overwater to the point where there is standing water around the tree.

About the Author


Thomas K. Arnold is publisher and editorial director of "Home Media Magazine" and a regular contributor to "Variety." He is a former editorial writer for U-T San Diego. He also has written for "San Diego Magazine," "USA Today" and the Copley News Service. Arnold attended San Diego State University.