Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Girl' / Golden Girl sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Girl' is a flattened globose selection of sawara cypress with dense branching, thread-like branchlets, and rich yellow foliage. As plants mature they will assume more of a broadly conical structure. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 3 feet (90 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 4 inches (5 - 10 cm).

This cultivar originated as a sport on C. pisifera 'Plumosa Compressa Aurea'. It performs its best when grown in full sun / partial shade in well-drained soil. It was selected and introduced by Talon Buchholz through the Flora Wonder™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery, Gaston Oregon.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Girl' — a mature specimen in a private garden in Petaluma, California.
Photo by David Olszyk
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Girl' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk