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Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Monterey cypress 'Goldcrest'

Family

Cupressaceae


Cupressus are vigorous, evergreen trees with flaking or scaly bark, often with columnar or narrowly ovoid crowns, small, often aromatic, scale-like leaves and small, spherical female cones

'Goldcrest' is a narrowly columnar, evergreen conifer with bright golden-yellow foliage in ascending sprays, colour persisting into winter

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold, drying winds. Tolerates dry conditions when established. Can be used for hedging

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings from young vigorous growth in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Coastal, Low Maintenance or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required; prune hedges in late spring

Pests

Can be prone to cypress aphid

Diseases

May be affected by various diseases including honey fungus, see Conifers: brown patches