Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Dumosa' / Squarrosa Dumosa Sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Dumosa' is a dense, globose, bushy selection of Sawara cypress with bronzy, gray-green moss-like scaly foliage in summer that turns a much deeper shade of metallic bronze in winter, particularly in colder climates. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 feet (4 - 6 m) tall, an annual growth rate of 1 foot or more (30 - 45 cm).

The mother plant of this cultivar was found in 1890 growing in the Berlin Botanical Garden, Germany. Ludwig Beissner first described in his book, Handbuch der Nadelholzkunde (Handbook for Conifer Enthusiasts).

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Dumosa' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Dumosa' — a mature plant in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger