My Everchanging Garden

Gardening That Grows With Me

Cupressus macrocarpa Wilma Goldcrest

Attracted by the bright and cheery lime green foliage, I picked up two Monterey Cypress Wilma Goldcrest at my local grocery store just before Christmas 2011. I thought their bright green fern like foliage would look particularly attractive on either side of our mantle, already decked out for Christmas.

Wilma Goldcrest was discovered in the 1980s as a sport of Goldcrest. It is a dwarf evergreen conifer, typically growing to a height of 2 meters (6 feet) and about 30 to 60 centimeters (1 – 2 feet) in width. Wilma’s foliage is a bright chartreuse green and has a fern like texture. Unfortunately for me it is hardy to Zone 7 (-12C to -17C), much warmer than my zone 5 climate, although some say it may survive to -25C (-10F). The good news is that Wilma Goldcrest makes a good container plant.

My plans are to repot my two specimens in spring and place them in urns on our front walkway. If they survive their first transition outdoors I will bring them in again in the fall, allowing them to once again brighten our fireplace for the winter.

Christmas decor around fireplace

Cupressus macrocarpa Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress

Monterey Cypress Wilma Goldcrest just after purchasing in 2011

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