Lemon Cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa

The scratch-and-sniff sticker of houseplants, this festive tree adds holiday vibes to any space and gives you a fresh lemon scent when you rub its leaves. Scratching and sniffing in moderation is advised.

It's Gifting Szn

Bet your friends have never received an adorable, pre-potted, live coniferous tree before. Plus, don't cut trees—let's grow them.

Moisture Tolerant

This plant would rather be moist than not. So heavy pours are fine, both here and with your holiday drinks.

Pet Friendly

If Spike were to eat your plant, he'd be totally fine. Your heart? Not so much.

The Lemon cypress, also known as the Monterey cypress, is native to Monterey Bay, California. This cypress gets its name from the lemon scent it gives off when its foliage is rubbed or brushed.

Once the holiday season is finished, this plant should be moved into a cooler environment so they receive the proper amount of vernalization, which is just fancy speak for enough cold they require to mimic their natural environment. This can be done by placing them outside, on a balcony, or in another space that has a window that isn't near a heat source.

Size will vary, but total height is about 15 inches and planter width is 6 inches.

How to not kill me

Watering

Water once a week

Like you during the holidays, this one likes to drink. Make sure to fully drench the soil once it gets dry.

Sunlight

Bright and Indirect

Think bright, dappled light that streams through the classiest of sheer JC Penney curtains. The brighter the better, but direct sunlight will burn its leaves. Let's not do that.

Humidity

Indifferent, like our boy Zeus

Whether you go above and beyond or underperform on maintaining moisture in the air, it won't really care.