Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Argenteovariegata' / Filifera Argenteovariegata Sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Argenteovariegata' is a upright growing, broadly conical selection of Sawara cypress with pendulous thread-like foliage copiously variegated with bright, creamy white. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and somewhat less wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This is an old cultivar that likely originated in Germany in the late 1800s. It was first described by Ludwig Beissner in one of his many publications.

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Argenteovariegata' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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