Golden Monterey Cypress
Soft bright yellow foliage with a delicious lemon scent make this conifer irresistible.
The foliage of Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma' sets it apart from all others with its bright yellow leaves, that have a green tint, keeping their fresh colour all year round. The foliage is soft and close growing when young giving a wispy cloud like appearance to the edge of the tree providing a delicacy that makes it especially suitable for growing in pots, in mixed borders or as a specimen on its own. This variety is narrow and column like which is where it differs from its closely related cousin 'Goldcrest'. Needing shelter from cold winds this happy little conifer will grow slowly to an eventual height of approx. 3m keeping its neat columnar shape as it grows maintenance free towards maturity.
A lovely shape and vibrant colour combine to make this a must have conifer for the garden.
Plant Type: Conifer
Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 3m x W 1m (Mature age:10 years)
Foliage Colour: Yellow, Green
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: No
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Flower Beds & Borders, Low Maintenance Garden, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Rock Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Containers.
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Cupressus 'Wilma' should be grown in a full sun position which will give the brightest colours, the best aspects for planting are South, East or West facing which should all provide good levels of light and sunshine. Shelter from drying which can scorch the foliage, it will tolerate most soil types but is best grown in moist but well drained soil. When grown in a pot use a loam soil based compost and water and feed regularly.
In the ground water well and fed occasionally in the first year to aid establishment, further care after the first year should not be required. Pruning is not necessary at any time other than to remove dead, diseased or wayward stems which should be taken out when seen.