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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mops' (4 Replies)

Posted February 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm

I would like specific pruning instructions for this tree. I have read spring for hard pruning and light pruning in the fall. So what is the real answer?

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Posted February 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Louise the aesthetic pruners here (who have done a wonderful job on my various C. pisifera threadneedle cultivars) prefer to do them in March. They did do some touchup when they were here in December (my garden is a demo site for a local aesthetic pruning guild). I’m Zone 9B so that may not translate to where you are.

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Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

Thank you, Sara. If you could elaborate on this too: These are supposed to be yellow; mine are green. Phooey! They are about 1′ tall and look like they have never been pruned. If I plant them in full sun and give them a radical pruning, will the new growth be yellow? That is the reason I bought them. And by the way I am in zone 8.

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Posted February 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Louise there are are two possibilities – that they were mislabeled, and will never be yellow (which we hope is not true) or that they were in too much shade. Plant them in full sun, making sure to keep them watered enough for the first couple of years, and see if the new growth is yellow. There is no need to prune them, unless you need or want to do that for shaping. But best not to prune plants that you are just setting out – they need all of the ‘manufacturing capacity’ that they can get to grow a good, strong root system. Let us know how it goes

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Posted February 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Assuming it’s a true Golden Mops, placing it in full sun will even yellow up the older growth. Chamaecyparis will be green as green can be in more shade. Healthy and happy in just about any light, but they won’t golden up much. In sun, though, the golden ones really shine.

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