Chamaecyparis pisifera (Siebold & Zucc.) Endl.

Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Cypress

Cultivar Golden Pincushion Form

Cultivar Golden Pincushion Form


Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Chamaecyparis

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 60' tall by 20' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dark green foliage in flattened sprays. Sharply pointed, scale-like leaves with white markings below.Broadly conical habit. The species is rarely seen and the cultivars are normally more shrub-like, in the 3' to 20' range.


'Boulevard' (Blue Falsecypress) grows to 12' tall and 5' wide and has blue foliage. It is a 'Squarrosa' type, characterized by tight clusters of short needles. The interior foliage remains and is brown and visible.

'Clouded Sky' - Blue Sawara Falsecypress - rounded to pyramidal form - whiteish tips and blueish mature leaves.

'Filifera' (Threadlieaf) grows to 10' tall (can eventually get much larger) with a pyramidal form, slightly pendulous. Green leaves with fine texture, can have a shaggy appearance.

'Filifera Aurea' - similar to Filifera except with yellow/gold foliage and grows to 20' tall.

'Golden Pincushion' - To 5' tall and wide, 3' in 10 years, golden foliage.

'Plumosa Compressa' - dwarf, slow growing, forms a flat-topped bun, introduced from Holland before 1929.

'Snowflake' - Clemson


'Pisifera' translates as "pea bearing." This refers to the small cones of the species.

The plant is native to Japan.

First published in 1847 in Syn. Conif. 64. Basionym is Retinispora pisifera Siebold & Zucc.


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