• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Gold'

Italian cypress 'Swane's Gold'

Italian cypress 'Swane's Gold'

© � RHS 2003

  • Other common names Italian cypress 'Swane's Gold'

  • Genus Cupressus are vigorous, evergreen trees with flaking or scaly bark, often with columnar or narrowly ovoid crowns, small, often aromatic, scale-like leaves and small, spherical female cones

  • Family Cupressaceae / Cupressaceae

  • Species 'Swane's Golden' is a narrowly columnar conifer to 6m, with light yellow to greenish-yellow foliage

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Columnar_Upright#Columnar/Upright

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from cool, drying winds. Tolerates dry conditions. Can be used for hedging but will require regular pruning

Propagation Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Hedging & Screens Architectural Coastal

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Can get cypress aphid

Diseases Susceptible to coryneum canker

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