Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera' cultivars
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.
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