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Cupressus macrocarpa Goldcrest


Monterey cypress 'Goldcrest'

Distinct lemon scented yellow foliage

Originating from the western coast of the USA this is a naturally existing yellow coloured cypress and has been cultivated in the UK since the 1940's. Its dense lemon scented foliage makes it an ideal choice for hedging.


Very tolerant of different soil conditions it is particularly well known for being able to cope with salty winds in seaside locations.


Keep well watered until established and trim at least once a year if using as a hedge.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available February - July
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 600 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Mediterranean garden

Typically available

From February to July