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Golden Threadleaf Sawara Cypress Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'

Description

'Filifera Aurea' Is a semi-dwarf evergreen shrub that is broadly cone-shaped and slow-growing. The foliage is thread-like and golden yellow on weeping branches. It holds its color well through winter and the peeling bark adds additional interest. 

Plant in any moist well-drained soil in sun to part shade. The best color is in the sun but can experience sun-scald. Excellent as a hedge or accent plant. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Cone-like growth form
  • Branches elongate, thread-like, yellowish
  • Leaves appressed scales, white glaucous below with age

Evergreen, broad conical gymnosperm, 15-20' tall, golden yellow outside. Female cones small, globular, about 1/4" diameter, brown; scales 6-8 peltate, woody. 

Fast growing golden cone-like plant that gets very broad basally; utilized as specimen tree or color contrast in landscape. Dwarf cultivar versions occur, variable in growth rates, often planted too close together & growing faster than expected & marketed. Tendency in droughts, to lose color, brown up branches which disintegrate & drop.  Prefers loamy, well-drained soils of slight acidic nature, in full sun.

More information on Chamaecyparis pisifera.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#partial shade#shrub#showy leaves#pendulous#yellow leaves#accent plant#hedges#fast growing#privacy#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    pisifera
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Broad
    Conical
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    On mature plants only
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Scale-like, golden yellow, thread-like needles wrapped around pendulous branchlets. The best color is on the south side of the bush. The north or shaded sides of the plant are often yellow-green or green. Intermediate, subappressed, narrow, acute and spinose, becoming scale-like, 2-3 mm long, appressed to twig in pairs and decussate, each pair overlapping adjacent pair above, acute, yellowish becoming green to brown with age, lower surface developing whitish-glaucous markings below on lateral scales resembling bow ties or butterfly wings.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Reddish-brown peeling bark on mature branches.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Elongate, exhibiting aspical growth, threadlike with little lateral branching in juvenile growth of twigs.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen