Hesperocyparis macrocarpa 'Golden Pillar'
Common name: 
Golden Pillar Cypress
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Cupressus macrocarpa
Callitropsis macrocarpa
‘Lutea Compacta’
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, evergreen tree, branches directed upward, compact, narrow, grows to about 20 ft (6 m) tall and 4 ft (1.2 m) wide.  Foliage golden yellow when grown in sun.
  • Sun.   Susceptible to coryneum canker when grown inland away from cool coastal winds (Sunset Western Garden Book, 2001).
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8         Raised in Holland in the 1940s and introduced into the nursery trade about 1955.
  • Taxonomy: Monterey Cypress has been classified as Cupressus macrocarpaCallitropsis macrocarpa, and more recently as Hesperocyparis macrocarpa.  As of 2024 Hesperocyparis (western cypress), (hesperus, -a, -um; Latin, of the west, western) is listed as the correct classification by Plants of the World Online, World Flora Online, and the Gymnosperm Database. There is disagreement about this classification, with some scientists continuing to use Cupressus in preference to Hesperocyparis.
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