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Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest' (Monterey Cypress)

Monterey Cypress 'Goldcrest', Hesperocyparis macrocarpa 'Goldcrest'


Prized for its foliage, award-winning Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest' (Monterey Cypress) is a columnar, evergreen conifer boasting a bright golden-yellow foliage in ascending sprays. When crushed the needles smell strongly of lemon. The foliage retains its brilliant color in winter. The chartreuse foliage of this fast-growing Monterey Cypress (10 in. per year or 25 cm) creates a striking contrast against blue-green conifers in the landscape. 'Goldcrest' should not be confused with 'Wilma' which is much slower growing with tighter branching. 'Goldcrest' has a much more open branch structure and behaves more like the species over time. A desirable conifer for use as a lawn specimen or hedge.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 40 ft. tall ( 12 m) and 12-20 ft. wide (3-6 m).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in any well-drained soils. Tolerates dry conditions when established.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant, hedges and screens, Mediterranean gardens or coastal gardens.
  • Low maintenance, no pruning required but can be pruned to control height and spread.
  • Keep an eye out for cypress aphid, honey fungus.
  • Propagate by semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings from young vigorous growth in late summer .

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 17
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cupressus - Cypresses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 35' – 40' (10.5m – 12m)
Spread 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Salt
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 17
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Cupressus - Cypresses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 35' – 40' (10.5m – 12m)
Spread 12' – 20' (3.6m – 6m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Salt
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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