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× Cuprocyparis leylandii 'Gold Rider' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Foliage may cause skin irritation

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Leyland cypress 'Gold Rider'

Family

Cupressaceae


× Cuprocyparis are large, very fast-growing evergreen trees of narrowly conical or columnar habit, with tiny scale-like leaves in dense sprays, and small spherical cones

'Gold Rider' is a vigorous evergreen conifer making a large tree of narrowly conical habit. Foliage bright yellow, holding its colour well through the year

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil. Suitable for hedging but requires regular trimming. Fast growing

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required, but can be trimmed and shaped as required as long as cuts are confined to young green shoots. Old wood will not resprout

Pests

Can get conifer aphids and scale insects

Diseases

May be subject to a canker