Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Flavescens' / Plumosa Flavescens Sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Flavescens' is a broadly conical, dwarf selection of Sawara cypress with bright, sulfur-yellow juvenile foliage over darker green older foliage. This plant responds quite well to regular shearing and is an excellent candidate for topiary work. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

'Plumosa Flavescens' is an old cultivar that originated long ago in Japan. Phillip Franz von Siebold imported the first plants to the west via Leiden, The Netherlands in 1866.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Flavescens' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Flavescens' — a mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger