Sawara Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop')

Common names:
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Also sold as:
'Filifera Golden Mop'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Stringy, thread-like golden-yellow, retains good yellow color throughout the year.
Fruit: Other: 1/4 inch green cones, maturing to blackish-brown.
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

9 to 10' across

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Dec 7, 2011 9:47 PM

Most literature indicates this shrub reaches 4 to 8' in height in 10-15 years. Be forewarned, the one pictured is approximately 7'H x 10'W at ~25 years, only because of yearly pruning. Give it plenty of room to sprawl for a more natural look. Another in less than full sun has less yellow coloring.

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Posted by virginiarose (Virginia) on Dec 4, 2012 6:01 PM

This shrub gets about 6 hours of morning sun and it's just enough to give it the golden color.

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