Cupressus macrocarpa 'Berrigold' / Berrigold Monterey cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Berrigold' is a massive, fast-growing selection of Monterey cypress with horizontal branching and nodding branch tips. Foliage is rich golden yellow and stable throughout the seasons. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 feet (4 - 6 m) tall and 2-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the 1930s at the Australian Department of Agriculture, Berri, South Australia. This conifer is sometimes seen mistakenly labeled 'Aurea' or by its provisional name, [Berri Strain].

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Berrigold' in a private garden in Petaluma, California.
Photo by David Olszyk
Cupressus macrocarpa 'Berrigold' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk