Cupressus sempervirens ‘Monshel’ (Tiny Tower® Italian Cypress)

Cupressus sempervirens ‘Monshel’ (Tiny Tower® Italian Cypress)

A unique, compact form with exceptionally dense blue-green foliage. Maintains its narrow, columnar form and tidy, well-groomed appearance without pruning. Well suited to topiaries and containers. Very slow growing to 25 to 30 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.

Care Information

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

Design Ideas

Small Italian cypress and their topiary forms make perfect porch or patio accents. Use a matched pair to flank door, gate, art, fountain or window. Line them up on steps in matching pots for a graduated effect. Plant as part of a perennial border as reoccurring living columns. A perfect central “finger” for a symmetrical herb garden. Line them up for the ideal background for a theatrical garden in a small city garden.


Discovered in 1991 by nurseryman Doug Zylstra at West Covina Wholesale Nursery, Santa Barbara, California. A ‘Glauca’ for the exceptionally dense, narrow columnar form and tight growth habit without pruning.