Monterey cypress: Cupressus macrocarpa
A member of the Cupressaceae, this cypress is native to California, hence its common name. It is fast growing and cone-shaped when young but develops a broad crown as it gets older. The golden yellow needle foliage becomes darker with age. ‘Goldcrest’ is one of the most famous varieties. The Italian cypress C. sempervivens is a very popular container plant. Cypresses grow best in bright, sunny positions.
They must be watered regularly and given weekly applications of fertilizer. If the tree is subjected to a period of prolonged drought, the foliage will turn brown. Cypresses do not mind being pruned but container-grown specimens usually do not needto keep their shape. Although they will tolerate a light frost, it is recommended to keep them in a bright, well-ventilated, frost-free place (0° C/32° F).
They can be raised from fresh seeds or propagated from cuttings taken in spring or autumn. Cypresses are prone to coryneum canker, which can cause the whole tree to die.