Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sulphurea' / sulphurous sawara cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sulphurea' is a strongly growing, upright selection of sawara cypress with dense branching and sulphur-yellow adult foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 to 9 feet (2 - 3 m) tall and half as wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 10 inches (15 - 25 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1900s at Herm. A. Hesse Nurseries, Weener am Ems, Germany.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sulphurea' at the Lyle Littlefield Trial Garden, Orono Maine. At fifty years old this specimen was about twenty feet tall.
Photo by Don Levesque
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sulphurea' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Don Levesque



Hello, there! I love this site - thank you for all the work you all do with it. But, I'm trying to verify the cultivar of a conifer planted in 2003. It's named C. pisifera 'Sulphurea'. I've seen this cultivar name in the printed RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers (2012), but it is not listed here (except as a caption to these photos). Possible there is some context or background to the cultivar 'Sulphurea'? I'd love more information. Thank you!

Maxwell Cohn

Hello Laurel, thank you for your words of kindness. I updated the record, correcting typos and bringing it up-to-date. Let me know if there is anything else you'd like to know.