These conifers have tiny scalelike leaves that are closely set on cord-like branches and bear interesting globular, golf ball–size cones made up of shield-shaped scales. They need little pruning.Cupressus macrocarpa
Native to California’s Monterey Peninsula. Beautiful tree to 40 ft. or taller, with rich bright green foliage. Narrow and pyramidal in youth, spreading as wide as high as it grows older; picturesque in age, especially in windy coastal conditions. Away from cool coastal winds, it is very subject to coryneum canker fungus, for which there is no cure. Look for foliage that first turns yellow, then deep reddish brown, and falls off slowly. Destroy infected trees. A fast-growing windbreak tree in coastal conditions. ‘Goldcrest’ (‘Lemon Yellow’) has yellowish green, lemon-scented foliage, stays conical to 30 ft. tall, and reportedly is more tolerant to inland conditions. ‘Wilma Goldcrest’, similar to and often confused with ‘Wilma’, appears to be like ‘Goldcrest’ but more compact to 15 ft. tall.
Native to California’s Monterey Peninsula. Beautiful tree to 40 ft. or taller, with rich bright ...
Moderate growth to 12–20 ft. tall and 6–12 ft. wide. An effective multistemmed tree in ope...
Sturdy ferns useful for landscaping in mild climates. Both species described here can take fairly dry ...