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Snow Falsecypress Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow'

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

‘Snow’ false cypress is a dwarf, multi-stemmed evergreen shrub in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family. It grows slowly, reaching a height of 1 to 6 feet with a 5 to 6 foot spread. The plant’s genus name comes from the Greek, meaning dwarf cypress. The species name, pisifera, is Latin and refers to the small rounded cones this shrub bears.

It is somewhat sensitive to the hot summer sun and winds, so plant in a sheltered location in partial shade. Plant in any moist, well-drained soil. 'Snow' is resistant to browsing by der.

‘Snow’ false cypress has a more or less rounded form. This shrub features bluish foliage in sprays with white tips that are particularly prominent in spring. 

Use as an accent, border, screening hedge, or foundation plant. It can also be grown in containers or at the edge of lawn.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    pisifera
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    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
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No true fruits, seed bearing cones.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No true flowers, pollen bearing cones.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Cream/Tan
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Fine, dense, blue-green foliage in sprays with white tips.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer