The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

European Cypress Cupressus sempervirens

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In the nurseries, the Cypress is usually propagated from the seed; and as it sends down strong roots, it should be transplanted where it is finally to grow before it attains too great a development. The European Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), a beautiful evergreen tree, shaped like a small Lombardy poplar, which is the principal ornament of the churchyards and cemeteries abroad, is unfortunately too tender to endure the winter in any of the states north of Virginia. South of that state, it may probably become naturalized, and serve to add to the catalogue of beautiful indigenous evergreen trees. From its dark and sombre tint, and perpetual verdure, it is peculiarly the emblem of grief: "Binde you my brows with mourning Cyparesse, And palish twigs of deadlier poplar tree, Or if some sadder shades ye can devise, Those sadder shades vaile my light-loathing eyes." BP. HALL.