A favorite gift plant, Lemon Cypress (Cupressaceae M. Golder Wilma) is another name for the “Goldcrest” cultivar (which is what we grow) of the Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), a tree that has a native range limited to the Monterey bay on the coast of central California. The tree is characterized by bright yellow foliage and a narrow, conical habit with a heavy lemon scent. It may grow to be up to 16 feet tall in its native habitat but here we keep them small and train them as topiaries ranging from a height of 13″ 18" tall. The aromatic golden-yellow foliage of this fast-growing conifer forms a conical column making a fine feature in patio pots and garden borders. Grows approx. 7”-10” per year. Eventual height untrimmed approx. 15’ with a 3’ spread. Delightful lemony evergreen aroma. This evergreen specimen boasts a dense, columnar form that makes it exquisite. USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-10 Lemon Cypress Topiary Care Instructions. Planting Guide: Best to plant in early spring to establish before heat of summer, or plant in early Fall. Among the easiest of evergreens to transplant successfully. Needs little or no pruning. Best in partial shade. Full sun is good as long as it does not lack for water. Under watered foliage burns in freezing wind and hot sun. It will thrive indoors but does not tolerate exposure to heaters. Water: Water immediately upon receipt. Afterwards, water regularly to keep soil moist but not soggy. In hot, dry weather, water deeply once a week. Fertilizer: After the last spring frost, feed with a well-balanced, granular fertilizer.
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. To find your USDA Hardiness Zone, use the map above or enter your zip code here: USDA Hardiness Zone Finder.