36. Cupressus sempervirens – Columnar Italian Cypress
Scientific Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Nativity: Eastern Mediterranean
Also known as the Tuscan cypress, this tree is a sign of mourning and a common cemetery tree throughout much of Europe. It is also the traditional wood for Italian harpsichords. An essential oil is distilled from the roots that is used to relieve pain, treat wounds, and strengthen tissues. It is as a firming, anti-dandruff, and anti-aging ingredient in cosmetics, as well. However, the columnar Italian cypress is highly poisonous if ingested by humans. Most wildlife do not enjoy the taste either, which makes this an excellent deer-resistant tree. It is also a very long lasting tree and have been documented up to one thousand years old.
DBH: 6.1 inches