x Cupressocyparis leylandii 'CASTLEWELLAN GOLD'

x Cupressocyparis leylandii
x Cupressocyparis leylandii 'CASTLEWELLAN GOLD'
Leyland cypress
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-10m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a yellow
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
Hedging plants
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Leyland cypress is a hybrid genus between cupressus macrocarpa and chamaecyparis nootkatensis. It is a fast growing conifer, used mainly in hedges and as windbreak.

Castlewellan Gold is one of the most popular Leyland cypress whose origin is dated in 1962. It produces flattened sprays of deep green, scale-like leaves with golden-yellow new tips which change to lime green in summer. The branches are not pendent, not erect. This shape makes it easily recognizable from chamaecyparis. The big advantage of Leyland cypress is the fact that its colour does not fade or change to brown in cold winter months but remains bright and attractive all year round. It grows very fast when young, into a broadly columnar tree with dense branching from the ground. Castlewellan Gold will look great both as a specimen plant and an extraordinary hedge. Pruning is possible any time of year from early spring until end summer. Trim hedges 2-3 times from early spring until late summer. Never cut into old wood.

This cypress is very soil tolerant and will grow in any well-drained soil. Just beware that it will consume most of nutrient and moisture in the area of about 2m from its trunk. If you plant larger specimens stake it well for the first 2-3 years to prevent from rooting out. Hardy to min. -25°C (USDA zone 6), but very probably a lot more.

Last update 08-02-2011.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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