Cupressus macrocarpa seed
Cupressus macrocarpa originates from the Mediterranean area. Wilma is a sport of Goldcrest which was raised in Truro Cornwall around 1948. A superb, dense, small, conical conifer with bright yellow needles which have a strong lemon fragrance when bruised. Wilma is not the hardiest of conifers so will require a sheltered location. Althought it is used for hedging, its most common use, and one for which it is ideally suited, is as an accent plant in pots and containers or sheltered garden borders. Not fussy as to soil, as long as well drained and once established it is very tolerant of drought. Plant in full sun as in more than light shade the foliage will turn green. This plant can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or can easily be grown in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost with added course peat or other organic material as this plant will be there a long time and pure peaty types of compost eventually degrade, become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you keep them well watered and feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 12-14 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.