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Veitch Fir

Threadleaf Falsecypress

Threadleaf Falsecypresypress

Threadleaf Falsecypress detail


Threadleaf Falsecypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera' cultivars

The many golden cultivars of theThreadleaf Falsecypress indicate its popularity in the landscape. The species is a very hardy evergreen, hailing from Japan and introduced into cultivation in this country in 1861. The threadleaf forms have mop-like drooping branchlets that add an unusual texture in the garden. Golden versions, like Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea', and C. 'Gold Mop', add bright yellow color which draws attention and serves as a beacon particularly in the winter. 'Filifera Aurea' will grow to 20' tall, whereas 'Golden Mop' remains much shorter. 'Sungold' reaches 5-6' tall and a foot or two wider with age.

All of the cultivars grow well in rich, slightly acidic garden soil with adequate moisture, but not wet. Full sun heightens the color of the golden forms. Not only are they a focal beacon when used judiciously, they also provide glowing material for holiday decorations and containers! Hardy to Zone 4.