Lemon cypress tree care

Lemon Cypress Holiday Topiary for Sale Online

With the scent of real lemon zest, our Lemon Cypress holiday Topiary has a certain pleasing presence. The rich bright color of chartreuse will brighten any home for the holidays. It’s perfectly striking when set on its own, yet subtle enough to add to a mixed decoration. Lemon Cypress Holiday Topiary likes a very bright location in your home and thrives if periodically taken outside and placed out of direct afternoon sunlight, which could burn the soft foliage. Lemon Cypress is a fragrant plant and this upward growing plant makes a great addition to your home or garden.

Lemon Cypress Holiday Topiary is quite ornamental as well as fragrant, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a herb garden.

How to Care for Your Lemon Cypress Holiday Topiary

It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water.

We suggest when watering your Holiday Lemon Cypress Topiary you remove the decorative pot-cover to allow the excess water to drain off. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments which makes it a great gift for apartment dwellers who can place it on a deck or fire escape and enjoy fresh scent when the foliage is brushed.

Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder climates. We typically sell out of these Lemon Cypress Holiday Topiary in the days leading up to the holidays as these are our most probably our best selling gifts.

Lemon Cypress Holiday Topiary Makes A Great Holiday Gift

We can ship these to multiple addresses just contact us at [email protected] and we are more than happy to accommodate your wishes. Gift cards can also be included. Shipping begins on 11/9 as these also make great hostess gifts at Thanksgiving.

Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress foliage

Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress foliage

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Height: 15 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 6

Other Names: Golden Monterey Cypress

Description:

A very attractive dwarf variety with a tight columnar habit; bright golden with a lemony scent to the foliage; excellent when used as a color contrast in the garden or containers; can be maintained as a hedge

Ornamental Features

Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress has attractive chartreuse foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain chartreuse throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Goldcrest Cypress

Gives your Landscape a Fresh Perspective

Here’s How:

  • Lovely, compact evergreen shrub or small tree
  • Distinctive golden colored foliage
  • Wonderful lemon scent freshens any location you plant it
  • Hardy specimen with low maintenance
  • Excellent for use as a live, indoor Christmas tree

All Eyes are on the Goldcrest

Searching for an evergreen tree that separates itself from the crowd? Take a look at the Goldcrest Cypress. Its golden-green foliage is so bright it almost appears to glow. Offering intense contrast to green, red and purple plants, the Goldcrest makes surrounding foliage come alive with color.

This brilliant tree is a rare addition that accentuates the beauty of everything around it. Cold hardy down to 5 degrees, the Goldcrest Cypress tree may be small, but it can stand up to some of the coldest temperatures throughout the winter.

The Little Tree that can do it all

When it comes to planting options, the Goldcrest Cypress takes the prize. Starting with its dwarf stature and slender growth habit, it fits easily in the tightest of spaces.

Whether you prefer it as a tree or shrub, it won’t eclipse 6 feet in height for 10 years. The result is a compact evergreen that works well in a number of planting scenarios.

So versatile is the Goldcrest, it can be used to create a vibrant hedge, a portable container specimen or placed on the patio as an attractive topiary. You can even bring it indoors and decorate it for the holidays while enjoying the fresh lemony scent all season.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find the Goldcrest Cypress to be the brightest new addition to your home or garden.

Planting & Care

Goldcrest Cypress is an evergreen with wonderful lemon scent and its golden-green colored foliage. This variety known as “Cupressus macrocarpa Wilma Goldcrest” perform their best in USDA growing zones 7-10 in full sun exposure. Goldcrest Cypresses are slow growers maturing to a height of 6-8 feet tall and 1-2 feet in width.

Planting Instructions (in the ground):
1) Dig the hole twice the size as the root ball and just a little shallower.
2) Loosen the soil in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Goldcrest Cypress tree and gently position them downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) When completely back filled, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets.

Planting Instructions (potted):
1) When selecting a container for your cypress, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be at least 2 times the size of the one it initially came in.
2) A good potting soil such as Miracle Grow should be fine for filling in the open space but try to leave space in the top for watering.
3) Choose a location on the patio, backyard, front/side of the house providing it will receive full to partial sun.
4) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from windows or vents.

Watering (in the ground): Water your Goldcrest Cypress evenly until the soil becomes moist. You’ll want the area to look and feel moist but not to the point where it’s over saturated or soggy. Allow the soil to dry for a few days until it feels dry to the touch about 2 inches below the surface. A slow drip from a garden hose works best as it allows the water to penetrate the soil deeply down to the roots without over saturating it.

During excessive hot and dry weather you may need to up the watering to three times weekly. Some regions in the Southwestern U.S. can have very dry winters, if located in that area and suffering a winter drought, you should water twice a month through the winter season.

Watering (potted): Stick you finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water it until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. If there is some moisture present, leave it be until the soil dries a bit more.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your tree well after a year of growth once the root system has had enough time to establish. This will speed up the growth of your tree and provide beneficial nutrients. Using a general fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 formula once every spring will give it a boost. Alternatively, you can feed the tree with solid tree fertilizer spikes labeled for use on evergreens. You’ll find the proper number of spikes to use in the directions on the fertilizer packaging.

Pruning: If you intend on letting your cypress tree grow to its full, mature height then very little pruning will be needed. If you plan to keep your trees from growing past a certain point or want them to stay in an ornate shape, then pruning more regularly will be required.

Pest: The Goldcrest Cypress can sometimes suffer from canker. Trees, like people, can suffer from diseases due to stress. Under watering and extreme heat are the biggest causes of distress. In the case of cankers, trim off browning limbs. Spray with a copper-fungicide making sure to follow packaging instructions for the optimum effectiveness.

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How to Care for Potted Cypress Trees

Cypress, a conifer, is easy to grow in containers. In fact, those cute little Christmas trees that you can pick up at the supermarket during the holidays are sometimes small cypress trees. While cypress trees can grow quite large when planted in the ground, planting cypress in a pot will limit its growth.

Grow your potted cypress tree in well draining, sandy/loamy soil. To amend soil, use peat, up to a 50 percent mixture. Place the tree in an area that receives morning sun and light shade in the afternoon.

Water your potted cypress tree deeply, and keep the soil moist. A good rule of thumb is to feel the soil. When it is dry to within one inch of the top of the soil, it is time to water. If your potted cypress is growing outdoors, water only in the morning, as an evening watering will cause the roots to get too cold.

Prune your potted cypress tree carefully. Different varieties of cypress have different pruning needs. Generally, don’t cut into any leafless areas of a branch and trim branches to their point of origin.

Generally pest and disease resistant, cypress trees are subject to canker, a disease cause by a fungus. Treatment involves removing any affected twigs and branches.

The cypress is certainly one of the kings of the conifers to establish elegant hedges, but it is also remarkable as a standalone specimen.

Simple Cypress facts

Name – Cupressus
Family – Cupressaceae
Type – conifer

Height – 16 to 60 feet (5 to 18 m)
Climate – temperate to warm
Exposure – full sun to shade

Soil – ordinary, well drained
Foliage – evergreen

The planting, pruning and caring for this tree are essential steps that will guarantee proper development and help avoid that the plant fall sick.

  • Read also: the Leyland cypress, king of all hedges

Planting Mediterranean cypress

Cypress is usually planted as part of a hedge, and is usually set up from the beginning of fall, but it can also be planted until the month of March-April as long as it doesn’t freeze.

If you plant it before winter, protect the roots from the cold by spreading mulch at the foot of the conifer.

If you plant it in spring, you can also proceed to do the same in order to avoid having weeds crowd it out from below.

  • In both cases, maritime pine bark mulch is the most perfectly suited, but any other mulch will also play the part fine.
  • It can cope with acidic mulch such as used coffee grounds, too.

Pruning cypress

If you cypress is never pruned, it can grow to reach nearly 65 feet (20 meters) and its bearing will be a distinctive cone.
For hedges, select the pruning height you are comfortable with as well as the thickness.

  • Prune your cypress preferably at the end of summer or at the beginning of spring.
  • Feel free to prune severely because cypress tends to grow very, very fast.

Nature-and-garden will share that a heavy pruning end of August is enough to keep this growth under control.
That is also the season where sap descends and so it will slow the cypress’s growth a bit.

Spring pruning is usually with rising sap and tends to accelerate the tree’s growth, so this is ideal if you aim to hide yourself from prying neighbor’s view.

  • See also our pruning tips for hedges

Diseases and parasites that Mediterranean cypress is subject to

  • Diseases are rare, but the occasional cypress canker can be observed.
    Branches turn brown and die.
  • Be careful! This disease can lead to the entire hedge dying off.

Learn more about Mediterranean cypress

Mediterranean cypress are excellent wind-breakers ready to resist gales of any power.

They are also very resilient in the face of disease and pollution.

From an aesthetic point of view, it is magnificent when planted as a standalone, or even better, to line a long driveway where each cypress is planted at a distance of 13 to 17 feet (4 to 5 m) from the next.

Mediterranean cypress wood is very dense and this makes it a favorite for furniture makers.

Since it is virtually rot-proof, it has an extremely high resistance to water and moisture, which is why is has long been used for ship-building.

Lastly, cypress essential oil extracted from the tree, specifically sprigs of the tree, is used for its benefits on vein and lymph circulation.

Smart tip about cypress

In a hedge, think well about how high you want it to grow so that you can determine the planting distance of your cypresses accordingly! Keep a spacing of about 32 inches (80 cm) to 3 feet (1 meter) for the usual 6-foot (1.80 m) hedge.

Read also:

  • Everything there is to know about hedges: evergreen, mixed and flowered

Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Cypress alley by FJPreuss under license
Cypress pruned to shapes by Edmund Hochmuth under license
Potted cypress by Lena Svensson under license
Cypress cones by Bärbel under license

WEATHER PERMITTING – Working with Mother Nature

In our business, we work closely with Mother Nature. In the colder months when we stipulate that an item is shipped “weather permitting”, that means temperatures outside our shipping facility in northwestern Connecticut and along the shipping route must be warm enough for tender plants to survive in unheated delivery trucks. Our practice of waiting for windows of milder weather may result in the occasional delay, but our customers tend to appreciate the care we take to make certain their plants arrive in the very best possible condition. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call our customer service staff at 1-800-411-6159.

HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED

The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.

WHEN WE SHIP

We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you’ll be away at expected time of delivery.

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Where can I buy a “lemon cypress” tree?

From: The Woodlands

Question: Lately, I’ve been seeing references to a tree/shrub called a “lemon cypress tree.” It looks like a standard Italian cypress, but the foilage is yellow. I cannot find any reference to this plant except in expensive cut-flower catalogs. Do you know what it is and if nurseries are carrying it in Texas?

Answer: The lemon cypress is a cultivar called Goldcrest, or Golden Crest, of Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey cypress). It is a native of California. Here is more information about the Monterey cypress from the USDA Plants Database and from Floridata.com.

It is possible that some Texas nurseries carry it, but since it is a miniature cultivar they are not too likely to offer it for a bargain price. You can search for nurseries in your area that specialize in native plants in our National Suppliers Directory. A Google search on “lemon cypress” results in numerous companies offering the plant for sale.

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Lemon Cypress Care: How To Care For Lemon Cypress Outdoors And In The Home

The lemon cypress tree, also called Goldcrest after its cultivar, is a variety of Monterey cypress. It gets its common name from the powerful strong lemon scent that its branches exude if you brush against them or crush their foliage. You can start growing lemon cypress trees (Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’) indoors or outside. Lemon cypress care is not difficult if you know some basic rules.

Lemon Cypress Trees

Lemon cypress trees come in two sizes: small and smaller. Grown outdoors in their natural habitat, the trees can grow to 16 feet tall. This is quite small for a cypress.

The dwarf lemon cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest Wilma’) is the better choice for a houseplant. This small tree usually does not grow taller than 3 feet, making it perfect for indoor containers.

The tree has many admirers, thanks to its green-yellow needle-like foliage, conical growth pattern and bright fresh citrus smell. If

you are thinking of growing lemon cypress, you’ll need to understand basic rules of lemon cypress care.

Lemon Cypress Care Outdoors

In general, growing lemon cypress is not difficult. The trees require well-draining soil, but are not picky about whether it is loamy, sandy or chalky. They also accept acidic, neutral or alkaline soil.

If you are growing lemon cypress in your backyard, you’ll need to learn about care for lemon cypress outdoors. They thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10. Lemon cypress trees cannot survive shade, so you’ll need to plant your outdoor tree in a sunny spot.

And don’t neglect irrigation, especially immediately after planting. During the tree’s first growing season, you’ll need to water twice a week. Watering is always an important part of care for lemon cypress outdoors. After the first year, water whenever the soil is dry.

In spring, it’s time to feed the tree. Apply a standard, slow-release 20-20-20 fertilizer before new growth appears in the spring.

Lemon Cypress Houseplant Care

If you decide to start growing lemon cypress trees indoors as houseplants, remember that they do best with cool indoor temperatures. Keep your thermostat in the low 60’s during winter.

Perhaps the most difficult part of lemon cypress houseplant care is ensuring sufficient light. Select a window that provides good sunlight and turn the container regularly to give each side a turn. The houseplant requires 6 to 8 hours of direct sun.

Don’t forget water – essential for lemon cypress houseplant care. They won’t forgive you if you don’t give them drenching once a week – you’ll see brown needles appear. Water whenever the soil is dry.

Valuable Tips on How to Care for a Lemon Cypress Tree

Native to California, the lemon cypress tree is known for its greenish-yellow foliage and fresh lemony fragrance. Gardenerdy provides information on lemon cypress tree care.

People with sensitive skin should be careful while touching the needle-like foliage of the lemon cypress tree; handling the plant can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

The lemon cypress tree is a cultivar of the Monterey cypress, which is native to Monterey Bay located on the coast of central California. Monterey cypress belongs to the Cupressus genus, macrocarpa species, and Cupressaceae family. The lemon cypress is also known as the Gold crest cultivar, and gets its name from the characteristic strong lemon scent that it gives off when anyone brushes against the leaves or crushes the foliage. This evergreen coniferous tree can be grown indoors as well as outdoors.

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This coniferous tree can attain a height of sixteen feet in its natural habitat. However, there’s also the option of keeping a dwarf lemon cypress indoors. The maximum height of a dwarf lemon cypress is usually three feet. With their greenish-yellow, needle-like foliage and conical growing habit, these trees work wonderfully as topiaries. The fresh lemony scent is an added advantage. If you are thinking of keeping a lemon cypress or dwarf lemon cypress as a houseplant, or want to grow a lemon cypress tree in your garden, you need to be aware of its growing requirements, such as its ideal planting site, preferred soil type, watering needs, soil requirements, pruning season, fertilizer, diseases that it might be susceptible to, etc. The following sections will tell you how to grow and care for this plant.

Lemon Cypress Tree: Quick Facts

Lemon Cypress in Pots

  • Scientific name: Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’
  • Also called: Monterey cypress ‘Goldcrest’, Lemon cypress, Lemon Scented Monterey Cypress
  • Genus: Cupressus
  • Variety or Cultivar: Goldcrest
  • Plant Type: Evergreen, Coniferous
  • Leaf Type: Needleleaf
  • Height: 10-15 feet (Grows up to 15 meters in height and a spread of 4 meters after 20-50 years)
  • Spread: 2-3 feet
  • Growth Habit: Narrow conical
  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-10
  • Soil: Sandy, chalky, loamy, clay
  • Soil Requirement: Well-drained soil
  • Soil pH: Acidic, neutral, and alkaline
  • Light Requirements: Needs full sun to thrive; cannot survive in shade
  • Watering Requirement: Drought-resistant plant that requires medium watering; can tolerate maritime exposure
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate to fast
  • Propagation methods: Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings

Seeds of Cupressus Macrocarpa

  • Maintenance Category: Low
  • Fruit Season: Fall
  • Fruit color: Black
  • Foliage: Golden-yellow
  • Fragrance: Lemon scent when foliage is crushed or cut
  • Tree shape: Narrowly columnar, Tall, Upright
  • Award: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit
  • Susceptible to Diseases: Yes
  • Specific Pests: Cypress aphid
  • Disease: Cypress (coryneum) canker
  • Pruning: Regularly required when used for hedging

Conditions Ideal for Growing Lemon Cypress

First of all, you need to decide whether you want a dwarf lemon cypress variety for keeping indoors, or a lemon cypress tree for growing outdoors. The dwarf variety/cultivar called Wilma Goldcrest, which is a mutation of the Goldcrest cultivar discovered in Holland in 1987, can be propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. It can grow up to 6-8 feet, with a spread of 1-2 feet. However, lemon cypress can be grown from seeds. Here are some pointers for growing and caring for a lemon cypress tree.

Light Requirements

The lemon cypress needs a location that will get ample sunlight. It must be noted that problems can arise if this evergreen tree is grown in regions that have extreme temperatures. It is more likely to thrive in USDA plant hardiness zones 7-10. Less care is needed if the plant is grown indoors. This plant does well in cool, sunny areas. It will do well in a place that gets at least 5-6 hours of sunlight daily. So, if you have placed it in a pot or container indoors, then keep the pot near a big south-facing window that receives ample sunlight. When placed indoors, this evergreen tree prefers cooler temperatures. So, even five hours of sunlight through the window will ensure that the foliage doesn’t lose its color.

During winter, you can use a UV light to ensure that the light requirements of this plant are fulfilled. After the danger of frost has passed, place the plant where it will receive partial sunlight. Thereafter, reintroduce the plant to full sun gradually. So, if the weather is warm, the pot can be placed outside so that the plant can get partial sun. During the winter, place the plant indoors. Always remember to gradually transition plants from indoors to outdoors and vice versa. The ideal temperature for growing a lemon cypress tree outdoors is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Soil Preference

This tree can tolerate soils with pH ranging from acidic to alkaline. Soil can be sandy, loamy, or chalky. It can even grow in clay. While it can grow in all types of soils, it will not survive if the soil is not well-drained. It prefers soil that is moist and well-drained. In order to prevent the roots from getting affected by root rot due to water-logging, sand can be mixed with the soil.

Watering

While the soil needs to be moist, it should not be waterlogged. During the first growing season, you will need to water the plant at least twice a week. Test the soil with a stick or skewer to find out if the soil is dry, wet, or moist. You need to ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out between watering. Water the tree if the soil has dried out. The frequency of watering could be reduced during the winter. Plants that are grown indoors need to be watered more frequently than the ones growing outdoors.

Fertilizer

You definitely need to use a 20-20-20 fertilizer before the new growth appears in the spring. Fertilize with the standard, slow-releasing fertilizer that has an equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium once a month. You can also supplement the soil annually with turf fertilizers that contain other nutrients such as magnesium, boron, copper, and zinc.

Trimming/Pruning

If this plant is used for hedging, it will need to be pruned regularly. It will have to be trimmed to maintain the required height. Use sharp pruning shears to remove the sucker branches and the errant branches that are growing in the wrong direction or making it difficult to fertilize the tree. Since lemon cypress has a conical habit, trim the tree as per its natural shape. Trimming should be done every week during the summer.

Disease

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Lemon cypress is susceptible to coryneum canker, if it is grown in a region that is hot and dry. Also, when grown outdoors, it is prone to an aphid infestation, which can cause extensive damage. Therefore, steps must be taken to control the infestation in the initial stages.

The lemon cypress tree is a popular ornamental plant due to its vibrant foliage that gives off the scent of fresh lemons. It is the recommendation of the Royal Horticultural Society to use this tree as an architectural accent or a low-maintenance hedge or screen plant. Moreover, it is a low-maintenance plant, especially when grown indoors. If you are growing the plant in a pot, then make sure that you repot the plant every two years in a pot that is at least an inch wider than the previous one. Lemon cypress can grow very well when you provide it with the ideal conditions that it needs to thrive. However, do watch out for aphids, as they can cause considerable damage.

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