Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Argenteovariegata' / Argenteovariegata Sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Argenteovariegata' is a small, loose-growing, conical tree form of Sawara cypress with dark green foliage intermixed with bright silver branchlets. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 24 inches (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This is a old cultivar that originated in Japan long ago. Collector, Robert Fortune imported plants to England in 1861 to be introduced to the west through the Royal Nursery, Bagshot, United Kingdom.

Chamaecyparis pisifer 'Argenteovariegata' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifer 'Argenteovariegata' — a glittering mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger