Italian Cypress
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Italian Cypress
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Italian Cypress, Mediterranean cypress, Graveyard Cypress, Pencil Pine • Marathi: saru • Tamil: Churam • Malayalam: Churam, sooram • Telugu: Jeedakara, Jeekaka, Jeelakarra • Oriya: Surahba • Urdu: Tukhm saras safaid
Botanical name: Cupressus sempervirens    Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress family)

Italian Cypress are extremely beautiful trees, made popular in landscaping in India by the Mughals. They can grow remarkably tall, slender, almost pencil shaped. Their heights can reach 80 ft, but their spreads are seldom more than 8 ft. In Delhi conditions they are not able to grow as tall. The leaves are needle-like and dark green at all times of the year. The young trees can sometimes be mistaken for Morpankhi. The main difference is that Morphankhi has all leaves and branchlets in one plane, which makes it easy to put them in books, a habit common in school kids all over India. The leaves and branchlets of Italian Cypress are not in one plane. Cones develop in March-April. Italian Cypress occurs naturally in southern Europe and western Asia.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Humayun Tomb, Delhi.
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