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Boulevard Falsecypress

Scientific name: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cyano-viridis'

Type:Coniferous trees
Plant Requirements
Zone:4 to 8
Sun:Full sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:20 ft
Width:15 ft
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Boulevard Falsecypress, often sold as Blue Moss Cypress,is widely sold in the nursery trade for its soft, silvery blue green foliage and smooth narrow conic shape.

Boulevard Falsecypress, also referred to as Cyano-viridis’ Cypress, is a dense, upright, broadly pyramidal symmetrical treeb which can grow from 10’-20’ tall but stay under 15’ wide. It bears awl-shaped, curving, finely pointed needles which are said to have a fluffy texture. Needles usually don’t exceed .5” in length. Under full sun conditions the needles turn a marked blue color during the winter months especially if the soil has sufficient magnesium. Some bronzing can occur during the winter if the site is windy.

Boulevard Cypress features a red-brown bark which is only noticed if the shrub gets quite large, or if the lower limbs have been pruned off which is a common approach when it is grown as a topiary plant.

This falsecypress variant prefers a moist, slightly acidic soil that has good drainage. While it is often used in a foundation planting surrounding a home it can eventually outgrow its space.

Root rot can be avoided by planting Boulevard cypress on well drained sites.
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