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Lemon Cypress

Lemon Cypress

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Lemon Cypress: A Citrus-Scented Evergreen

Lemon Cypress, scientifically known as Cupressus macrocarpa "Goldcrest," is a cultivar of the Monterey cypress. This evergreen conifer is celebrated for its vibrant, aromatic foliage and distinctive columnar shape.

With its vibrant foliage, pleasant aroma, and versatile growth habit, Lemon Cypress adds a touch of freshness and elegance to gardens, patios, and indoor spaces. Following these care guidelines will help ensure its health and vitality.


  • Foliage: The Lemon Cypress is characterized by its feathery, scale-like golden-green foliage that emits a delightful lemon fragrance when touched. The aromatic leaves add both visual and olfactory appeal to indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Size: Lemon Cypress typically grows in a narrow, upright columnar form, making it a popular choice for both container planting and garden landscaping. It can reach a height of several feet when mature.
  • Aroma: As the name suggests, Lemon Cypress exudes a pleasant lemon scent, particularly noticeable when the foliage is gently brushed or crushed.

Care Requirements:

  • Light: Lemon Cypress thrives in bright, indirect light. If grown indoors, place it near a south or west-facing window to ensure it receives ample sunlight. Outdoors, it prefers full sun to partial shade.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid water logging. Allow the top inch of soil to dry slightly between waterings. Use well-draining soil to prevent root rot.
  • Temperature: Lemon Cypress prefers cool to moderate temperatures. It can tolerate some frost but should be protected from extreme cold. Indoor temperatures between 45°F to 65°F (7°C to 18°C) are suitable.
  • Humidity: While adaptable to average humidity levels, Lemon Cypress benefits from slightly higher humidity. Mist the foliage occasionally, especially in dry indoor environments.
  • Pruning: Regular pruning can help maintain the desired shape and size. Trim back any leggy or unruly growth and remove any dead or yellowing foliage.
  • Container Gardening: Lemon Cypress is well-suited for container planting, making it a versatile choice for both indoor and outdoor settings. Ensure the container has drainage holes to prevent water logging.
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