Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera' / Thread-leaf Sawara cypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera,' the ubiquitous Thread-leaf Sawara cypress has been a mainstay of garden centers and home-improvement centers for decades. It is distinctive with with upright, conical structure and pendulous, thread-like, gray-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 - 6 feet (1.5 - 2 m) tall with older specimens known to grow to 15 feet (5 m) tall or more. Annual expected growth rate is 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).
This cultivar originated long ago in Japan. Renowned collector, Robert Fortune imported the first plants and introduced them to western gardens in the 1860s via the Royal Nursery, United Kingdom.