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Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Plumosa’

Sawara cypress

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Features

  • FruitsMarch
  • Height4m to 8m
  • Spread2m
  • Growth HabitBroad conical
  • Leaf ColourYellow shades

Description

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Plumosa’ (Sawara cypress). ‘Plumosa’, a conical or columnar tree to 20 ft (6 m) with pale green foliage, with the leaves shorter and less prickly than ‘Squarrosa’. ‘Plumosa Aurea’ with golden-yellow foliage; and ‘Plumosa Compressa’, a very dwarf cultivar to 18 in (45 cm) with yellowish green foliage are further cultivars.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Cypress

Origin

North America, Japan

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage Year-round interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will grow in rich to average soil and will prefer full sun. Good drainage is essential as well as a consistent moisture, and they will need protection from harsh, drying winds.

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true). Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, honey fungus may be a problem where young plants are more susceptible.

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