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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard' is often confused with:
Thuja occidentalis Thuja occidentalis
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Linnaea x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'
Viburnum tinus Habit

Boulevard False Cypress Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard'

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Phonetic Spelling
kam-ay-SIP-a-ris pi-SIF-er-a
Description

'Boulevard' is a dense pyramidal semi-dwarf evergreen shrub that features soft, billowing mounds of blue-green foliage on heavily branched stems. It is slow-growing, typically reaching 5-6’ tall in 10 years and may mature at 12’ tall, but can be pruned to maintain a particular size and form. 

The blue-green foliage is showy and holds its color well through winter. The peeling reddish bark adds additional interest. It can be grown in containers when younger, used as a specimen or a hedge. Preference is for any moist well-drained soil in full sun to part shade with protection from windy conditions.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Gymnosperm with bluish, soft pliable, linear leave
  • Dense, columnar gmnosperm shrub to 10-20' tall.

Female cones lacking in this juvenile cultivar. 

Utilized as a specimen shrub or as a hedge or border. Appears to be juniver-like, prickly, but is very soft with pliable leaves. Desired for the bluish foliage utilized in contrast to other colors in landscape. Regarded as heat tolerant. Short-termed landscape plant, opens up and becomes leggy with age of couple of decades. Prefers loamy well-drained soils of acidic nature, in full sun.

 

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    pisifera
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Soft, blue-green leaves with silvery under markings are awl-shaped and curving into a fine point but not prickly. Leaves of juvenile type, soft, pliable, short-linear, silvery blue-green to grayish-blue.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Reddish-brown bark peels in strips
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Specimen