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Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest'
  • RHS AGM

Monterey cypress 'Goldcrest'

A columnar, evergreen conifer with bright golden-yellow foliage in ascending sprays, colour persisting into winter

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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
more than 50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow
Summer Yellow
Autumn Yellow
Winter Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Cupressaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

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. Height and spread determined by soil, location and prevailing weather. It usually reaches a height of 3-5m in 10 years, to 10m in 20 years and ultimately larger

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Architectural
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

No pruning required but can be pruned to control height and spread; prune hedges in late spring

Pests

May be susceptible to cypress aphid

Diseases

May be susceptible to various diseases including honey fungus, see Conifers: brown patches

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