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Chamaecyparis pisifera

Phonetic Spelling
kam-ee-SIP-a-riss pee-SEE-fer-uh
Description

The form of this plant is pyramidal but then has a loose, open habit with age. While it has numerous branches, the lower branches may die with age. The soil should be moist but well-drained.

This plant has a moderate growth rate.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
'Boulevard', 'Cream Ball', 'Curly Tops', 'Filifera', 'Filifera Aurea', 'Filifera Nana', 'Golden Mop', 'Lemon Thread', 'Nana Aureovariegata', 'Plumosa Aurea', 'Snow', 'Squarrosa Lutea', 'Sungold', 'Tsukumo'
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#full sun#drought tolerant#tree#low maintenance#winter interest#needled evergreen
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Boulevard', 'Cream Ball', 'Curly Tops', 'Filifera', 'Filifera Aurea', 'Filifera Nana', 'Golden Mop', 'Lemon Thread', 'Nana Aureovariegata', 'Plumosa Aurea', 'Snow', 'Squarrosa Lutea', 'Sungold', 'Tsukumo'
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#full sun#drought tolerant#tree#low maintenance#winter interest#needled evergreen
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    pisifera
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought
    Dimensions:
    Height: 50 ft. 0 in. - 70 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Open
    Pyramidal
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    This plant has 0.25-in. cones that are crowded and start green, can be a yellowish-brown, and end up a black color.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    non-flowering
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has small leaves in horizontal planes. They are bright green with a silvery line underneath.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought