X Cupressocyparis leylandii 'Gold Rider'

Gold Rider Leyland Cypress

Newly planted

Newly planted

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Cupressocyparis

Parent: X Cupressocyparis leylandii

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 10

Size: To 40' tall and 10' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Conical, upright form. Smaller than the species. Gold color foliage best in full sun. Well-drained soil.


Originated as a branch sport of 'Leighton Green' in Boskoop, Netherlands (Dirr). Released in the Netherlands in 1986 by A. Vergeer.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in August 2011 and planted it in the berm. Noted some browning in late September 2011 which may have been due to not getting sufficient moisture. I corrected the sprinkler pattern and it is doing fine, despite some animal (deer?) knocking leaves off in early December.

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