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Swane's Golden Italian Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Golden'

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Swane's Golden Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens 'Swane's Golden') at Newcastle Fruit & Produce

Swane's Golden Italian Cypress

Swane's Golden Italian Cypress

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Brand:  Monrovia


A very narrow column that is truly an exclamation point on the landscape; emerging foliage is a bright golden yellow that retains its color all season; planted in linear groups, it makes a great screen and a dramatic statement in a large landscape

Ornamental Features

Swane's Golden Italian Cypress is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive gold-variegated lime green foliage which emerges gold in spring. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and remain lime green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Swane's Golden Italian Cypress is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Swane's Golden Italian Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Swane's Golden Italian Cypress will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Screening  Windbreak 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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