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The yellow cypress belongs to the species Lawson's cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), which is also called garden or Park cypress. It is not related to the cypress, although the plants are quite similar.
Depending on the variety, the plants can be 1 to 15m high and up to 3m wide. They grow upright usually conical, some even columnar. The leaves may vary from green-yellow to light yellow, with some varieties changing color over the year or age. The cypress is evergreen, is thus in winter a nice splash of color in the otherwise quite bare garden.
The yellow cypress feels in the full sun at its best. It can tolerate a partially shaded spot, but it can lose some of its light color and green when too much shade is available. It should be protected from the wind, especially it can cause frost damage to the otherwise hardy plant if they are too free.
Like all false cypresses, it needs a deep, well-drained soil that is ideally always slightly moist. Waterlogging on the other hand is not tolerated at all, as this conifer reacts very sensitively. Dryness is tolerated only for a short time and quickly acknowledged with browning of the leaves. It grows best on acidic to slightly alkaline and nutrient-rich soil, lime is well tolerated.
The yellow cypress can be planted from spring to autumn at any time, as long as the ground is not frozen. To make her the first winter at the new site more bearable, it should ideally be planted until September. Then it has enough time to root before the frost, so it can better withstand freezing temperatures.
In individual position, the yellow false cypress needs no pruning, it grows so compact. However, when hedges are formed, they should be cut once or twice a year so that they do not become chipped from below and remain low. The early spring before the new shoot is best, then in July can be cut again if necessary. Many varieties grow uncut well and like 10-15m high, but with regular pruning can also be kept well at a height of 1 to 4m.
The very cut-compatible conifers should not be cut back too much on a regular basis, they can not tolerate a cut into the old wood, then they do not repopulate. Plants that have become too high should not be cut drastically at one go, but should be shortened slowly by regular cutting twice a year.
Cutted branches of the cypress do not belong to the compost, because they contain substances that affect the metabolism of the microbes required for rotting and thus inhibit their activity. Since they decompose only very slowly, they are chopped but an ideal garden path or bed cover. Above all, the false cypress is happy when her shredded branches are laid as flooring at feet.
The yellow cypress can be easily propagated by cuttings, which are cut in summer. For this purpose, matured shoots, even woody stem parts, are cut off with leaves and mixed in humus-rich soil (like peat) with non-caking sand for better permeability.
The cuttings should be covered with glass and kept moist, but not too wet. Air the glass again and again to avoid mold growth.
'Aurea Densea: Impressed with golden yellow leaves
Erecta Aurea: height 8-10m, 3m wide. The variety grows cone-shaped, but slender and has bright yellow leaves
'Golden Wonder: The leaves are rather pale yellow, greening in old age
'Kelleris Gold: height 4-5m. Due to the slender habit, this golden variety is very suitable for hedgerows
'Lane: Very popular variety for hedges, as it grows columnar slender. In spring and summer, their leaves are lemon yellow, in winter they turn golden yellow to bronze
'Lemon Queen: height 10m, 3m wide. Pale yellow to lime-colored leaves. Cone-shaped growth. Due to the width unsuitable as a hedge plant. Fits only in large gardens as a solitaire
'Luteocompacta: height 2.5m, 1.5m wide. Characterized by a particularly dense and compact growth. The leaves on the upright branches are yellow, light green. The conical growth is hindering for a hedgerow. Better than solitaire, can also be cultivated in the bucket
'Minima Aurea: height 1.5m, 1m wide. The cone-shaped conifer with the upright branches is densely occupied with specially turned, soft, yellow leaves. It is ideal for the bucket
'Stardust: height 15m. Maintains with distinctive yellow leaves and grows wide cone-shaped with dense branching
'Stewartii: height 5-8m, 3m wide. Very fast-growing variety with dense, arched overhanging shoots. The shoot tips and the leaves shine in golden yellow
'Winston Churchill: height 15m, 3m wide. The more spherical variety glows in a golden yellow, but due to the width only in individual position for the large garden is recommended
'Yvonne: height 10m. Popular variety for a golden hedge