Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aureovariegata'

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aureovariegata' is a irregular-globose, dense-growing, selection of Sawara cypress with thread-like pendant, overlapping layers of foliage with attractive, creamy yellow variegation evenly distributed throughout the plant. Overall, it is similar in structure to Ch. pisifera 'Filifera Aurea,' but much slower growing and similar in color to Ch. pisifera 'Filifera Argenteovariegata,' but with will a much yellower cast to the variegation.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 5 inches (10 - 12.5 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.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aureovariegata' — a young plant in a garden setting.
Photo by Kenneth Marek