Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Juniperoides' / Plume-Juniperish Sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Juniperoides' is a globular dwarf selection of Sawara cypress that becomes more conical with age. It is distinctive through creamy golden yellow semi-juvenile foliage that grows with a slight twist. Later in summer, the gold will tend to fade to light green. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2.5 feet (75 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This exact origin of this cultivar is unknown. Its first known reference is in the records of the Department of Agriculture, Ottawa, Canada, upon receipt of plants from Alpenglow Gardens, Canada.


Attribution from: Aris Auders & Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012 Kingsblue Press.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Juniperoides' — a compact shrub with soft, feathery foliage emerging creamy-yellow; light green on the inside. Develops best color in full sun.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Juniperoides' — in my garden on November 22, 2005. This plant has doubled in size since I purchased it as a one-gallon plant in 2002. Throughout Summer, it's a pleasant-golden color.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Juniperoides' — you can see the golden color of this plant tucked in among Lavenders. This photo was taken in my garden on June 21, 2004.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Juniperoides' — an ancient specimen at the Royal Botanical Garden - Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Photo by Connor Smith