Lemon Cypress Trees
Cupressus macrocarpa (‘Goldcrest’ cypress)
In our region, lemon cypress trees are not hardy outdoors year-round. Indoors, keep lemon cypress where they will get the maximum amount of natural light. A south-facing window would be adequate.
They can certainly come outdoors in the spring and summer. Not only is this a good idea, it’s a great idea! They make phenomenal container plants. On their own, or with annual flowers planted in with them, they make a statement.
Lemon cypresses are also a natural choice for fairy gardens. In the miniature world, it becomes a giant evergreen tree. Use with other sun-loving plants.
Keep soil moist, but not wet. Lemon cypress can be fed every 2 weeks during the growing season with a general plant food, and once a month in the cold months indoors.
Prune lemon cypress by snipping the ends of branches to keep it’s natural conical shape. This may cause ends to brown a bit, but they’ll recover quickly.