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Introducing the

‘Gold Rider’ Leyland Cypress

x Cupressocyparis leylandii ‘ Gold Rider’



Gold Rider Cypress at our Snohomish tree farm. (left).   We love the color they add to the landscape.

 "Hedged" and Natural Gold Rider Cypress at our River Growing Fields


    ‘Gold Rider’ Leyland Cypress is a variety that will mature at about half the size of the "regular" Leyland Cypress.  ‘Gold Rider ‘ Cypress has beautiful golden foliage that makes a stunning hedge or stand-alone specimen tree. The yellow color is concentrated at the branch tips, that  gives a “two-toned” effect with the green interior foliage.  We have noted that the trees are more colorful the more sunlight they receive, so they are more colorful in summer than in winter--they lose much of their yellow color in winter--and so we recommend planting them in full-sun locations.

    Like the Excelsa Cedar, these trees are bigger than the "Emerald Green" Arborvitae -both wider and taller, and much faster-growing.  These trees are not as fast-growing as the standard "Leyland Cypress"



Foliage:   Evergreen               

Mature Height:    To 35 ft.          Please note that this is an estimate              

Mature Width:     To 15 ft.          Please note that this is an estimate 

Sunlight:   Full sun.  Anything less than full sun and the trees may not produce the yellow color.

Soil:  Must be well-drained; won't tolerate "wet feet".  Drought tolerant once established. OK in acid soil, alkaline soil.      

Growth Rate:  Moderate.

"Instant Privacy" Use:  A great alternative to a green privacy screen.

"Instant Privacy" Spacing:  These trees can be spaced on 5, 6, or 8' centers (meaning the trunks of each tree are 4', 6', or 8' apart) or wider.  Some people want them even closer than that in order to maximize the “Instant Privacy", while others will put them wider in order to cut down on the cost.

What to Expect the First Year:  As with all newly-planted trees, these need to be watered carefully through the first Spring/Summer--see our "Care of Your Trees" section for more details.  Not as much growth the first year because the tree is putting its efforts into its root system.  Some small branches that were broken during installation will turn brown (cut them off or just leave them and they will fall off).  As noted above, they can lose some of their color in the winter.      

Comments:  Columnar to conical  growth habit. Holds color well throughout the year.  There is a lot of green in most Northwest yards--why not add some stunning color? 



Sizes & Prices


  Note:  We will be getting some "Starter" Gold Rider Cypress this fall--4-5' and 5-6'.  These are the trees that we use to start a new crop.  We will have some extra to sell to the public.  Please contact us for updated information or to be put on our Waiting List.


10-12' "Gold Rider" Leyland Cypress     $395    Limited Numbers


14-16' "Gold Rider" Leyland Cypress     $495     Limited Numbers



10-12' "Hedged" Gold Rider Cypress      $395


  Please note that our supply of trees is constantly changing; please contact us to confirm availability.                                                     (10/22/18)


Gold Rider Cypress at our River Growing Fields--the same field in Spring, 2015 and Summer, 2017


Free Estimates

            Contact us for free, no-obligation estimates, often including a visit by one of our experts at your property.  For new projects we suggest that you start by using our online Project Worksheet (preferred for planting projects), or call/e-mail us:  info@NurseryTrees.com; (425) 343-2650.


Delivery & Planting Available

             We deliver and plant these trees.  Most of our planting projects are in Western Washington: Blaine, Bellingham, Everett, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Shoreline, Bothell, Seattle & the "East Side"--Bellevue, Woodinville, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, etc.--Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Tacoma, south to Olympia and all points in between; plus Leavenworth & Wentachee.  Further away, people often come pick up the trees here at the nursery and arrange for local planting.   Please see the "Advantages" section below for more information about our planting services and our company.





Privacy Tree Comparison Chart


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Easily compare the mature sizes, growing conditions, etc.

of all of our privacy trees.


See our Trees Growing in the Fields!

        We have a beautiful 8 minute drone video of our Snohomish tree farm

with many of the trees identified.   Click here.





Discusses all of our privacy tree options, pros and cons,

with "Before & After" photos. 

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"I am really pleased with your work.  You saved me several thousand dollars, steered me away from trees that wouldn't work, provided healthy and beautiful trees, did a great job planting them, and did everything on time and on schedule.  You can quote me."                                                                          Jo, Vashon Island

"Our privacy bank of trees has done nothing but grow well into maturity.  Our back yard and deck area is totally private and the 10 trees your team planted [in 2005] are rich, leathery and dark green.  We remark on them every day it seems.  Please include me in any of your "Testimonials" as you would be hard pressed to find a more satisfied customer."                                                                                                                  Jim, Port Orchard

"For quality vs. value, your trees are the best landscape purchase I’ve ever made."    Jeff, Seattle

"I work in customer service so I know good service when I experience it and you have my top rating.  I would definitely recommend you to anyone who needs new landscaping.  Thanks again.”                    Carol, Camano Island

"By the way, the trees were a great privacy feature when we sold the last house!  We now have a much larger space . . . "                                                                                                  Katherine, Fall City

“My compliments to your crew.  We’ve had a lot of contractors working on our house recently and we’ve seen the entire range; and your guys were excellent. The trees make things look so much better—I started smiling as soon as I saw them going in."                                                                                    Holly, Queen Anne

"You guys are the best nursery I've ever done business with! And I have dealt with a few. You did what you said you would, on time with attention to detail rarely found. From the beginning of the quote process all the way through to the last detail you made it easy. And you work to ensure that the trees will thrive after planting with detailed advice, a complementary irrigation system, and a website filled with useful information. Most nurseries will just dump off the goods and tell you best of luck, put some water on them. You provide a quality product that sets you apart. Your crew was friendly, polite and operated as a well organized team. I would recommend you without hesitation! Thanks for doing a great job!”                                                                                                   Ryan, Buckley

"We can not believe how beautiful your trees are.  The privacy is unbelievable. If you ever need a testimonial let us know.   Our yard is perfect!  We sit there and say "my oh my”!               Suzanne, Tacoma 

"I don't think I've ever been as happy with something I've purchased."                           Sarah, Sammamish

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Additional Information

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1.  Privacy Tree Comparison Chart


2.  "Top Ten" Privacy Trees for Western Washington--Article


3.  Video of NurseryTrees.com's farm property, including trees labeled.


4.  Request a Free Estimate (no cost or obligation).


4.  "Start your Project" with our online Project Worksheet (no cost or obligation).


5 Add Value to your Property with Trees & Landscaping


6.  "Instant Privacy" Photos in Our Photo Gallery


7.  Delivery & Planting, Free Estimates & Customer Service


8 Back to "Instant Privacy" Tree Main Page




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