Cupressus Lemon Scents is a hardy evergreen conifer that has bright golden lemon scented yellow foliage   Grows approx 2.5m tall x 1-1.5m wide   grows best in a well ventilated areas in free draining soils and in full sun   water well in dry conditions and mulch the surrounding areas

Cupressus Lemon Scents

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Cupressus macrocarpa 'Lemon Scented' is a cultivar of Monterey Cypress known for its lemony fragrance and ornamental appeal. This evergreen tree is prized for its aromatic foliage and upright, columnar growth habit, making it a popular choice for landscapes, gardens, and hedging.

Height and Width

  • Height: Typically grows to a height of 10 to 15 meters.
  • Width: Spreads out to a width of about 3 to 5 meters.

Soil Type

  • Soil Preference: Cupressus macrocarpa 'Lemon Scented' prefers well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clayey soils, as long as they provide good drainage.

Plant Description

  • Foliage: The plant features aromatic, lemon-scented foliage that is dark green and scale-like in appearance. The foliage releases a refreshing citrus fragrance when crushed or brushed against, adding sensory appeal to the landscape.
  • Growth Habit: 'Lemon Scented' has an upright, columnar growth habit with dense, compact foliage. It forms a symmetrical, conical shape, making it suitable for use as a specimen tree, screen, or hedging plant.

Flower and Fruit Description

  • Flowers and Fruit: Monterey Cypress produces small, inconspicuous flowers and round, woody cones. However, the flowers and cones of 'Lemon Scented' are not particularly ornamental or showy.

Cultivation and Care

  • Watering: Cupressus macrocarpa 'Lemon Scented' requires regular watering to establish a strong root system, particularly during dry periods. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires minimal supplemental watering.
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun to partial shade. It thrives in bright, sunny conditions and is tolerant of coastal exposure and wind.
  • Temperature: 'Lemon Scented' is hardy to a range of climates, including coastal and inland regions. It is tolerant of heat and can withstand light frosts once established.
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and improve airflow. 'Lemon Scented' generally requires minimal pruning, but occasional grooming can help maintain its ornamental appeal.
  • Fertilising: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertiliser formulated for evergreen trees in spring to promote healthy growth and foliage.

Additional Notes

  • Pests and Diseases: Cupressus macrocarpa 'Lemon Scented' is relatively pest and disease-resistant but may be susceptible to cypress canker, root rot, and cypress aphids in certain conditions. Monitor regularly and treat promptly if issues arise.
  • Uses: Ideal for use as a specimen tree, screen, windbreak, or hedging plant in gardens, parks, and landscapes. 'Lemon Scented' adds both visual and olfactory interest to outdoor spaces, providing year-round beauty and fragrance.