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CUPRESSOCYPARIS leylandii 'Gold Rider'
Yellow Leyland Cypress


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:: Cupressaceae :: CUPRESSOCYPARIS :: leylandii :: 'Gold Rider'
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Main asset

Rapid growth (1 meter per year), good branching, hiding effect.


This variety needs to be staked when young. In the garden, prune 2 to 3 times per year minimum, without cutting back in old wood. A regular pruning is necessary to control the vigor of the plant.

Natural intergeneric hybrid between Cupressus macrocarpa and Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (syn. Xanthocyparis nootkatensis), Leyland Cypress was obtained in the 19th century in England. Due to its strong vigor, it quickly became a basic element of hiding hedges, particularly in oceanic climate. The variety 'Gold Rider' is a natural sport appeared on a branch of 'Leighton Green' in Boskoop in 1986. It is lighter yellow than golden cultivars and resists to the sun light. Its shape is dense, conical.

  • Uses: Monospecific hedge

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: evergreen
  • Habit: trained
  • Height: 5 m x 3 m (16 ft x 10ft, pruned), up to 20 m (65 ft, unpruned)
  • Growth: fast

Shape and colours:

  • Foliage shape: flat twigs
  • Foliage colour: yellow


  • Soil type: All except asphyxiating
  • Exposure: sun
  • Hardiness: - 20 °C (-4 °F - USDA zone 6b)