Cupressus macrocarpa Goldcrest (Golden Monterey Cypress) 14cm

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Golden Monterey Cypress

Cupressus 'Goldcrest' is one of the most popular bright golden-yellow conifers available.

A handsome evergreen conifer tree growing to over 12m tall, with an attractive narrow oval shape that broadens with age. Colourful foliage grows in dense sprays with scale-like leaves that have a lemony aroma when crushed. At their most vivid gold in spring, the foliage provides a great colour contrast against darker tones in the landscape. A versatile plant this handy conifer makes a fantastic hedge, a stately specimen on its own or works well planted in a mixed border.  As with other Cupressus, 'Goldcrest' has some salt tolerance making it ideal for coastal plantings, this is owing to its origin of the central coast of California.  'Goldcrest' was first bred at Treseder's nursery in Truro in the 1940's and it has been a popular garden addition ever since.

This architectural and striking year round performer will look good in almost any garden situation.

Key Features

Plant Type: Conifer

Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 15m x W 4m (Mature age: 50 Years)

Foliage Colour: Yellow, Green

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: Yes

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Hazardous / Poisonous Information: May cause skin allergy.

Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun

Planting Style: Flower Beds & Borders, Hedging & Screening, Low Maintenance Garden, Coastal Garden

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Plant Care & Advice

Cupressus 'Goldcrest' will grow well in any soil as long as it is well drained. Best planted in full sun, it will cope with a small amount of shade but it should be grown in a sheltered spot as cold or drying winter winds may scorch the foliage when this conifer is still young.

'Goldcrest' dislikes root disturbance so nursery plants are always pot grown and once planted it is best not to move them. 

In the first season after planting water well, feeding occasionally with a balanced liquid fertiliser, then in subsequent growing seasons watering and feeding should not be required.

Cupressus do not like to be pruned and so it is best to leave the plant to grow into it's natural shape and avoid trimming or cutting if possible.