Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Nana' / Dwarf Sawara Cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Nana' is a very nice, slow-growing, flat-topped dwarf selection of Sawara cypress with densely packed, fan-shaped, recurved branchlets. Foliage is dark green adaxially with glaucous undersides. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure around 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 5 inches (12 cm) wide, a rate of growth of an inch (2.5 cm) or less per year.

This is a very old cultivar, first described in 1887 by Ludwig Beissner, Bonn, Germany in his pioneering conifer text, Handbuch der Coniferen-Benennung .

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Nana' in a private collection in Ohio, USA , 2002.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Nana' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Nana' — a 20-year old specimen of a nice slow growing cultivar.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Nana' at the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers, Hidden Lake Gardens Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Nana' in the Harper Collection, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, 2011.
Photo by William Dunagin