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Goldcrest Cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma Goldcrest'

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Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
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Mature Height:

6-8 ft.

Mature Width:

1-2 ft.


Full Sun


2-3 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma Goldcrest'

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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.

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We really love these plants. We planted them on each side of our sidewalk entrance in front of our house. They are doing just fine as when I planted them , I put the fertilizer that I got from Fast-Growing-Trees in the hole first and then the plant's . They are staying that bright yellow green that they are and look just great. Thank's a lot for nice plant's .
Glen and Julie Riddle
July 16, 2016
Chula Vista, CA
10 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Goldcrest Cypress

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Goldcrest Cypress.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Goldcrest Cypress gently with your fingers and 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.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Goldcrest Cypress again after the transplant is complete.

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How tall will the dwarf goldcrest cypress be when I receive it?
nikki on May 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
how far apart should I plant if I want a hedge?
Elizabeth C on Jun 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: For a hedge you will want to plant these 1-2 ft apart.
Is the golden crest good for container planting?
Donna on May 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes Donna, it seems quite well suited for that... I live in the southern part of Florida where the soils are rather sandy and alkaline, and evergreens like this are very particular about their soil, requiring rich acid soil with lots of peat, similar to what you would use for azaleas. So here the only option for me is to pot it up in a container using the proper type of soil (rich potting soil with peat moss). Of course it will not grow to full tree size that way, but trees like this can make very good bonsai specimens.
how tall does it get ?
stanton m on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Goldcrest Cypress can get 6 to 8 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide.
how does it fair in very windy conditions on a lagoon in Forked River, NJ??
Delcie on Nov 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It will withstand windy conditions.

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