Golden Leyland Cypress



Golden Cypress can refer to various species or cultivars with yellow or golden foliage, including certain varieties of arborvitae (Thuja), cypress (Cupressus), and other evergreen trees or shrubs. These plants are often grown for their striking and vibrant foliage color.


Plant Description

  • Appearance: The Golden Leyland Cypress is a cultivar of the Leyland Cypress, a popular evergreen tree. It is characterized by its striking golden or yellow foliage, which contrasts beautifully with the typical green color of the species. The needles of ‘Gold Rider’ are soft and feathery, creating an attractive and vibrant appearance.
  • Size: Golden Leyland Cypress is a fast-growing tree that can reach heights of 20 to 30 feet or more when fully mature. Its width can range from 8 to 12 feet, making it a substantial landscape plant.
  • Growth Habit: This variety has a pyramidal to columnar growth habit, which makes it an excellent choice for privacy screens, windbreaks, or as an ornamental focal point in the garden


  • Frequency: Fertilize your Golden Cypress or any similar plant during the growing season, which is typically in spring and early summer. Apply fertilizer sparingly to avoid overfeeding.
  • Fertilizer Type: Use a balanced, slow-release granular fertilizer with a formulation like 10-10-10 or similar. Balanced fertilizers provide essential nutrients for overall plant health and maintenance of foliage color.
  • Application: Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application, and distribute the fertilizer evenly in the root zone of the plant. Water the plant after applying the fertilizer.


  1. Mulch: Applying a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or pine straw, around the base of your Golden Cypress or similar plants can help conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain an even soil temperature.
  2. Decorative Pot or Planter: If you’re growing a Golden Cypress in a container, select a decorative pot or planter that complements the plant’s foliage and your overall garden or landscape design.
  3. Irrigation Tools: High-quality hoses, watering cans, and irrigation equipment can help ensure proper watering for your plants.


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