Name: Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’ aka lemon cypress
Type of Plant: A bright lime-yellow dwarf evergreen that has a columnar, cone shape. Hardy in a warm Zone 7 to Zone 10.
Why I Love This Plant: This soft-looking small tree is sold as a holiday plant in the Northeast, and the brilliant lime color is perfect to brighten up a house and compliment other seasonal plants. The foliage has a lemony fragrance, and this is an easy plant to grow in a container. On Cape Cod it’s not reliably hardy but would grow well in a three-seasons room or as a houseplant.
If you put up a train set, either at this time of year or outdoors in the summer, this is the perfect small tree to use near the tracks.
A Word to the Wise: If you buy this plant at now, right before Christmas, repot it in a slightly larger clay pot right away. Most of these are rootbound when you buy them, so they’ll be easier to keep alive if they are repotted when you bring them home.
Don’t let this plant dry out. Water it well at least once a week, inside or out. If it’s in a container outdoors during the hot summer, water it at least every other day.
If you live in a very warm Zone 7, you can plant these outside, in a protected location in full sun.