HortyGirl Lemon Cypress Trees were a fabulous hit last holiday season and they are back this year. You can find them at your local retailer.

Native to California, the Lemon Cypress Trees – also known as “Goldcrest Wilma” or Cupressus Macrocarpa – is an evergreen tree with delicate, feathery and bright foliage. The leaves when touched or crushed have a lemony smell – hence the name Lemon Cypress Trees.

Even after the holidays, you can freshen up your everyday living decor by adding your Lemon Cypress Trees. The best way to enjoy your Lemon Cypress Trees and its fresh lemon smell all year round is to follow the HortyGirl potted plant expert care tips below.

Soil Preference and Watering Care

The Lemon Cypress Trees like the soil to be moist but not soggy, and do not like the soil to dry out between watering. A foolproof way to check the moisture of your Lemon Cypress Trees and when to water your plant is to use a bamboo or wood skewer. Place the stick into the soil and pull it out. Feel or notice if the stick is dry, wet or moist. If the stick feels dry, it’s time to water your Lemon Cypress Trees.

Repotting Your HortyGirl Lemon Cypress Tree potted plant from the lemon cypress trees care tip blog.

Repotting Tips

Lemon Cypress Trees can be easily undressed and replanted to enjoy its lemon fresh scent all year. For people with sensitive skin, use garden gloves when handling the plant as touching the leaves can cause skin irritations. If you like to keep the desired natural shape of the plant, pruning and trimming will need to be done regularly.


In the spring, replant these trees in an 8-10 inch pit that has drainage holes in your garden. You can use a general outdoor potting mix and water well through dry spells. To prevent the top layer of soil from hardening and to make it easier to water your Lemon Cypress Trees throughout the summer, top the soil off with a level of pebbles or good mulch. Before replanting the Cypress Trees outside, it is also a good idea to gradually transition your tree to the outdoors by placing it in a partially sunny place.


In the winter, these plants can be brought back inside and you can even create holiday decor with a set of mini white lights on your Lemon Cypress Trees. Before bringing your Cypress Trees back inside, it is best to gradually transition them by placing your trees in a good transition space such as an unheated garage.

Freshen up indoor living decor with Your HortyGirl Lemon Cypress Tree potted plant from the lemon cypress trees care tip blog.

Ideal Climates for Lemon Cypress Trees

To help your Lemon Cypress Trees thrive all year long, it is helpful to get a sense of the ideal climate for the trees. Lemon Cypress Trees are acceptable for both indoor and outdoor climates. These trees can be a good planting bed option as they can grow rather slowly depending on your climate. Lemon Cypress Trees are rated as hardy down to freezing temperatures. Although, they are known to be healthy living trees that have survived well below freezing in the ground.

Depending on where you are, you may have to bring the plants inside during the winter. For the West Coast, in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Washington and Oregon, the Lemon Cypress Trees would survive through most winters. For the interior of British Columbia, the Prairies and Eastern Canada, these trees would not survive the outdoors year round. As a general rule, if you live in colder climates, the trees could come indoors around Halloween at the end of October and go back outside around Easter in April.

To learn more about Cypress Trees, read our fun facts and decor ideas blog