7.5 Litre Pot – as of September 2023 approx. 1.2m tall
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Average
- Hardiness: H4
- Eventual Height: 1.5 – 2.5m
- Eventual Spread: 0.5 – 1m
Cupressus Wilma, also known as ‘Lemon Cypress’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is an evergreen coniferous tree that is known for its striking golden-yellow foliage. This cultivar was discovered by a nurseryman named Wilma in the Netherlands in the 1970s. It is an average growing tree that can reach heights of up to 2.5 metres with a spread of 1 metre.
The foliage of Cupressus Wilma is a bright golden-yellow colour, which makes it a popular choice for landscaping and as a specimen plant. The foliage is also strongly scented of lemon, which also adds to its appeal. The tree has a conical shape and a dense habit, making it an excellent choice for privacy screens, hedges, and windbreaks. It is hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -10°C.
How to care for your Cupressus Macrocarpa Wilma
- Sunlight: Prefers full sun to partial shade. It will grow best in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.
- Soil: This tree prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils.
- Watering: Is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. Water the tree deeply once a week during dry periods.
- Fertilisation: Requires minimal fertilisation. However, you can feed it with a slow-release fertiliser in the Spring or early Summer.
- Pruning: Does not require regular pruning, but you can prune it to maintain its shape or remove any dead or damaged branches. Prune the tree in late Winter or early Spring before new growth begins.
- Winter care: It is hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -10°C. However, if you live in a colder climate, you can wrap the tree with burlap to protect it from frost damage.
In summary, this is a low-maintenance tree that is easy to care for.