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Golden Threadleaf Falsecypress

Scientific name: Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’

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



Wildlife value

Description Best known in the nursery trade for it’s great yellow foliage color that adds interest to the winter landscape when light levels are low.

Golden Threadleaf falsecypress is an evergreen shrub that can mature to an eventual height and width of 20’ by 15’ respectively, in a broad conical shape. Needles appear as golden weeping threads which look as if they are wrapped around the pendulous branches. The dense foliage growth is interesting for the complexity that it adds to the landscape.

Small cones may appear on mature plants, but are rarely noted on young plants.

As with other cultivars of False-cypress the bark is reddish-brown and peels. This feature is best noted on older plants.

For best color development this false cypress variant prefers full sun, on moist, well-drained soil. It does better on the west sides of the Cascades where it is protected from the strong winds or intense winter sun.

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