A very popular evergreen shrub noted for its gracefully weeping golden foliage, Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' (Sawara Cypress) is a dense, semi-dwarf conifer that slowly grows into a broad cone of open habit. A real attention-getter with drooping, cord-like foliage emerging golden yellow and providing a lovely contrast with the darker green older foliage. It keeps its bright color throughout the growing season before fading in the fall. Small glaucous green cones appear in summer before turning dark chocolate when ripe. This hardy evergreen shrub has an annual growth rate of 6-8 in. (15–20 cm). Remaining attractive all year-round, this Sawara Cypress provides unusual texture in the landscape and looks charming in rockeries.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society and winner of the Cary Award, which recognizes plants that are particularly adequate for New England, offer superior landscape appeal, are winter hardy and pest resistant.
- Grows up to 6 ft. tall (180 cm) and 3 ft. wide (90 cm) after 10 years but may eventually reach 20 ft. tall (600 cm) and 7 ft. wide (210 cm) at maturity
- A full sun to light shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, moist, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
- Perfect as specimen plant, for foundation plantings or rock gardens.
- Requires very little pruning. Only prune to remove dead, broken or poorly formed branches.
- Propagate by grafting and semi-hardwood cuttings
- Native to the Japanese islands of Honshu and Kyushu