Cupressus macrocarpa 'Greenstead Magnificent' / Greenstead Magnificent Monterey cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Greenstead Magnificent' is a low, spreading, densely branched, attractive selection of Monterey cypress with intense, silver-gray, coarse, thread-like foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (90 cm) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (mostly outward).

This cultivar originated as a branch mutation found in the late 1950s on a specimen of C. macrocarpa 'Horizontalis' by R. Hall of Newman & Sons Nursery, Tea Tree Gully, Australia.

Cupressus macrocarpa 'Greenstead Magnificent' in a private garden in Petaluma, California (USDA Zone 9, Mediterranean climate).
Photo by Sara Malone