• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ku-PRES-us sem-per-VI-renz
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 24
    Growth habit:Columnar, Narrow
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis tall, narrow evergreen with its bright yellow aspect makes a bold landscape statement. Use it sparingly along with rounded, mounded shrubs in an evergreen border. Use at the corner of a house to interrupt the vertical lines of the wall. Mix with hot colored perennials and flowering shrubs to complement the golden yellow color.
    Companion PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Bluebeard (Caryopteris); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Olive (Olea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in a wide range of soil types, provided good drainage. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    C. sempervirens is native to the Eastern Mediterranean including areas of Libya, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran. The species name sempervirens comes from the Latin word 'evergreen'. Although more of an ornamental plant today, it was grown for its hard, scented wood and was used in the construction of such famous landmarks as Vatican City in Rome and the doors of St. Peter's Basilica. Swane's Golden was selected in 1944 by Swane Bros. Nursery of Australia and introduced into production in 1956.

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