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Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Aurea Nana'

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Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Aurea Nana') at Stauffers Of Kissel Hill

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress

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Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Aurea Nana') at Stauffers Of Kissel Hill

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress foliage

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress foliage

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Falsecypress


A highly attractive landscape evregreen featuring sprays of extremely fine, threadlike foliage that emerges golden yellow and fades to a yellow-green over summer, forms a fine rounded mound, ideal for foundation plantings and larger gardens

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress has attractive yellow foliage which emerges gold in spring. The threadlike leaves are highly ornamental and turn lime green in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Golden Sawara Falsecypress will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features