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Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Gold'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Pale Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Italian cypress 'Swane's Gold'

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

'Swane's Golden' is a narrowly columnar conifer to 6m, with light yellow to greenish-yellow foliage

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from cool, drying winds. Tolerates dry conditions. Can be used for hedging but will require regular pruning

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Coastal, Low Maintenance or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get cypress aphid

Diseases

Susceptible to coryneum canker