• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing 15-20 ft. tall, 2-3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ku-PRES-us sem-per-VI-renz
    Plant type:Conifer
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 24
    Growth habit:Columnar, Narrow
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing 15-20 ft. tall, 2-3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    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); Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Olive (Olea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Water deeply, less frequently when 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, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    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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