Italian cypress tree care and trimming

Asked June 21, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

I have Italian Cypress Trees which are branching off from the main trunk of the tree. Should these additional branches be removed at their early stages or left to continue as a major part of the tree? Thank you. Phil Scardino.

Aransas County Texas trees and shrubs horticulture

1 Response

Hello Mr Scardino,
If you wish to maintain the columnar shape of your Italian cypress, then I recommend pruning off the side branches that are growing beyond that shape. Cut them back almost to the trunk, leaving just a very small stub. Water the tree deeply after pruning and, assuming your trees are well established (growing in the ground at least 2 years), I recommend a deep watering every 2-3 weeks through the end of September. If they were planted in the last 2 years, then water every week to week-and-a-half. Italian cypress are someone vulnerable to root rot, so should not be watered frequently. If they receive irrigation because they are in a lawn, then deep water monthly.
It is fine to leave the side branches if you like them.
Please feel free to contact the Extension office in Aransas County at 790-0103 if you would like further information.