The Cupressus Macrocarpa 'Lemon Cypress' is a highly sought after house plant because of its to its green-yellow needle-like foliage, conical growth pattern and bright fresh citrus smell. While this needled evergreen may give the illusion of being a pine tree, it is in a fact a tropical plant. Since it is a dwarf evergreen, it stays small and is easy to move around, It needs high humidity and direct sunlight for best growth. This tree is frequently seen around the holidays because of its bright colored green foliage. It is often ornamented with holiday decorations and potted in containers of festive holiday colors.
Ed's Plant Profile
- Botanical Name: Cupressus Macrocarpa
- Common Name: Dwarf Lemon Cypress
- Family: Araucariaceae
- Native Range: Subtropical Regions of the South Pacific
Ed's Care Guide
- Care Level: Moderate
- Light: Prefers bright, direct light
- Water: Keep the soil moist, but not wet. If the plant stays too dry, the tips of its branches will turn brown and crispy
- Humidity: High
- Temperature: Does best in temperatures in the low 60sF
- Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead branches and control growth.
- Feeding: Fertilize with with a water soluble balanced fertilizer during spring and summer
- Pests: Look out for scale, spider mites and mealybugs.
- Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets