Murray Cypress SpacingThe recommended spacing for Murray Cypress Trees is 5 feet apart. You can plant closer together if you want quicker privacy. Murray Cypress Trees typically grow about 8-10 feet wide.
Murray Cypress Planting Instructions
- Dig hole about 2 inches wider and deeper than rootball of your tree.
- Place plant in hole a fill in with soil. Some soils e.g. clay will need potting soil or fine mulch mixed in.
- Sprinkle one tablespoon of lime around the drip line of the tree.
- Water until soil is saturated; then gently apply pressure around the tree to make the mud "squish" around the plant.
- Carefully follow fertilizer instructions from figure below.
- Lightly mulch around tree to help with fertilizer run off and it looks great.
Murray Cypress Fertilizer InformationWhen looking for a fertilizer there are a few elements at which you should look. The first is make sure when fertilizing your Murray Cypress that you are using a slow release fertilizer. Sometimes this is called a controlled release.
Then you'll need to look at the formula of the fertilizer. It is done in this format: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K).
For the Murray Cypress we recommend that Nitrogen be high and then Phosphorus and Potassium be about half of that. Some examples that are commonly found in local stores are 12-6-8 and 14-7-7.
You should always follow the instructions on the fertilizer you purchase as they all work differently. Here are some general guidelines that you should follow.
- Fertilize your plants only 3 times a year.
- The best dates to fertilize are March 31, June 30, and September 30.
- Sprinkle around drip line of tree (DO NOT MIX IN SOIL).
Pruning Murray Cypress
Pruning can help make Murray Cypress more bushy. It is
recommended that you disinfect your shears before you begin and even
after each shear to prevent disease spread. You should prune dead
or diseased limbs anytime of the year but you should consult your local
coop extension for your local time to prune. To encourage thick
bushy trees simply trim back the limbs that have outstretched the rest
of the tree. Trim it in to the desired christmas tree shape.
Watering Murray Cypress
It's important to always make sure to water any plant after you've
planted it. Murrays can typically handle as much water as you
can throw at them but they do not like to stay swampy. I good
rule of thumb is to scratch the soil at the base of your tree. If
the soil feels moist but not damp they do not need water. If the
soil is dry and dusty you should give your plant water. In cases
of a drought it may be necessary to water the foliage and the tree
itself 2-3 times a day to prevent them from over heating.
Murray Cypress Disease InformationCurrently the Murray Cypress is free of any serious disease but the do sometimes suffer from cankers or needle blight. In the case of cankers you should simply trim the dead limbs and make sure your plant does not get stressed from lack of water or heat if possible. Much like a person, stress is what can cause disease. In the case of needle blight you will see green postules towards the end of the stem and there will be yellowing on the branches. If you happen to have this problem simply spray your plant with copper-containing fungicides every 10 days.
Murray Cypress Winter CareWhile the Murray Cypress is a drought resistant plant it is important that it gets water in the winter months. The southwest in particular can have very dry winters. If you are having a "winter drought" you should water your plants at least twice per month.
|Mature Height (ft)||30 - 40 feet|
|Mature Width (ft)||6 - 10 feet|
|Scientific Name||Murray X Cypress|
|Growth Rate||3 feet per year|
|Recommended Spacing||5 - 10 feet|
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