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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sungold'

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

'Sungold' is a dwarf, mounding evergreen shrub with gold-tipped, thread-like foliage on thin weeping branches that does not burn in full sun.  Mature leaves are lime green. It is slow-growing and after 10 years will measure 3 feet tall and 4.5 feet wide but can eventually reach 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Prune to maintain the size and shape you desire.

Plant in any well-drained moist soil in full sun to part shade. Use in foundation plantings, as a specimen or in rock gardens.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    pisifera
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Thread-like green leaves that are gold tipped when young.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Specimen