Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Dust' / Gold Dust Sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Dust' is a dwarf selection of Sawara cypress that grows in the form of a flattened cushion of dark-green foliage with flecks of widespread, light-yellow variegation. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 inches (10 cm) high and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 0.5 to 1 inch (1 - 2 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the early 1960s on a specimen of Ch. pisifiera 'Minima Aurea' by William Goddard and introduced the the nursery trade by Floravista Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Dust' — a very old specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Dust' — a young specimen in a garden setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Dust' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Dust' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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