Lemon Cypress

Posted by Hannah Brand on Nov 30th 2021

November 30th, 2021

Lemon Cypress

Hi Plant Friends!

Today we are talking about Lemon Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest') which are a small, evergreen shrub that is native to Monterey Bay on the coast of central California. They are hardy to zones 7-10. Lemon Cypress have a wonderful lemon scent and are oh-so cute for holiday tables and centerpieces. They come in various shapes and sizes including a conical form and a topiary form.

Plant in a well-drained potting soil. We like Espoma’s Organic All Purpose Potting Mix. Make sure to use a container with a drainage hole so the soil does not become overly saturated. Display in a bright sunny window or temporary feature them in a tablespace or on the mantle. If kept in too little light, the bright chartreuse color will fade to a darker green. Make sure to keep you lemon cypress well-watered. They do not appreciate drying out at all. Plan to water at least once per week, more often in smaller containers. Your lemon cypress do like to be a bit on the cool side so a window sill will keep or drafty room could be the perfect location. Trim and shear as needed to keep the shape you desire with a regular scissors or garden pruner.

Lemon cypress are darling as a point of interest in summer containers in part-sun locations. Plant with ferns, begonia, and ivy for and easy combination. Fertilize with an acidic fertilizer once in the spring. We would suggest Espoma’s Organic Holly Tone.

We carry several shapes and sizes of Lemon Cypress in the greenhouse. Please let us know if you have an additional questions.

Happy Planting.