The slender, elegant Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) can grow 40 to 60 feet tall, with a typical width not exceeding 3 to 6 feet. Italian cypress trees grow 12 to 24 inches a year, what horticulturalists define as a medium rate of growth. A tolerant tree, the Italian cypress responds well to the container environment when grown in loamy, well-drained soils and kept in sunny, well-ventilated locations. The tall, columnar form makes the Italian cypress easy to spot.