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.

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