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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop' (Sawara Cypress)

Sawara Cypress 'Golden Mop', Japanese Cypress 'Golden Mop'


Brightly colored, Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop' (Sawara Cypress) is a dwarf conifer forming a globose to conical, evergreen shrub, turning into a dense bush of golden threads over time. The gracefully drooping, finely textured, cord-like foliage is bright golden-yellow, particularly in spring when the new growth emerges. The foliage keeps its brilliant color year-round, adding drama in the landscape, particularly in winter. Slow-growing, this hardy evergreen shrub has an annual growth rate of 1.5-2 in. (3-5 cm). Attractive during all seasons, this compact and hardy Sawara Cypress provides unusual texture in the landscape and looks charming in rockeries.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall and wide (45-60 cm) after 10 years but may eventually reach 5 ft. tall and wide (150 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

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Chamaecyparis - False Cypress
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Chamaecyparis - False Cypress
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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