Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Spangle' / Gold Spangle Sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Spangle' is a fairly fast growing, upright conical selection of Sawara cypress with bright gold foliage that grows as a combination of typical short sprays, thread-leaf and contorted branchlets. The degree of gold or yellow is also quite variable. As a very vigorous grower, these trees benefit from periodic shearing to maintain tidiness. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate 8 inches (20 cm) or more.

This cultivar originated as a branch sport found in the early 1900s on a specimen of Ch. pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' at Koster Brothers Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands. It was later introduced to the nursery trade by A. Mesman Nursery, also of Boskoop.

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Spangle' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Susan Martin
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Spangle' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Spangle' — Green Industry Images / copyrighted photograph.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Spangle' in the Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio.
Photo by Marshall Goodfellow

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