The Beauty Of Cypress Fruit Trees
Cypress is an aromatic berry like shrub. It can be used both for home and commercial landscaping. Cypress trees are slow growing, some being several feet tall and the flowers are large and colorful. The tree is fast growing and produces large berries that drop from clusters of small leaflets called daisies. In spring, the blooming starts off with the creation of the pink flowers which last for about two weeks.
Commercial grown Cypress trees are fast growing bushes of the genus Cynara, native to southern United States and parts of Central America. The bark of most Cypress trees is dark gray, with the leaves are alternate, pinnately compound and broadly toothed with white edges. Flowering buds are white, and the fruit of mature trees are juicy and eaten just like raisins.
Cypress trees grow well in a variety of soils, both soft and hard. Some prefer rocky soil, while others grow well in a mixture of peat moss, bark, sand and perlite. These types of trees are suitable for use as fences, hedges and container stands. Cypress trees are susceptible to cold and damp weather; therefore, they should be planted on a shaded area.
Growing Cypress from Seed: This method of planting is not recommended; since the root systems take time to develop, the finished plant will often not bear fruit prior to maturity. This is not to say that it is impossible to grow a healthy, fully developed Cypress tree from seed. The key to success in growing Cypress from seed is selecting the right variety of tree. Cypress trees of the genus Equisetum are ideal species to grow because of their ability to tolerate wet climates. They are also deciduous, so regular pruning is required.
Pruning should be done to the trunk and branches at regular intervals to increase the number of blooms produced. Typically two-year old trees need to be re-potted each year to avoid overcrowding. Keep in mind that pruning should only be performed if the tree is in poor health. If branches become brittle or diseased it may cause the tree to decay and fall. Healthy branches and trunks will last much longer.
The proper location for Cypress trees is also very important; they need to receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. The soil should be moist but not muddy. It is also advisable to mulch the root system to help protect roots from extreme temperatures during the summer months. A good irrigation system should be in place to give the tree ample water and nutrients. Mowing the tree is not necessary; it is advisable to leave the tree free-flowing and in an area where it can grow naturally.
There are many varieties of Cypress that have become popular for growing in backyards. While most fruits turn yellow with age, some do not. If you wish to grow a fruit bearing tree, you should be sure to pick a variety that will grow to at least six feet; to avoid selecting a specimen that will produce large and round fruits. Always remember that the larger the size of the tree, the greater the number of fruits it will be able to produce.
Cypress trees are easy to care for, but they will reward you with their bountiful harvest. Check with your local nursery to learn more about growing this versatile tree. In time you will be able to enjoy the refreshing aroma of the fruits of your tree has produced. It will be a rewarding experience growing your own masterpiece. And who knows; you may even pass it down to future generations.