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CHAMAECYPARIS
FALSE CYPRESS


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Chamaecyparis or False Cypress is a genus made up of seven species that have yielded many dwarf and very colorful garden varieties. They are native to Formosa, Japan, and North America and grow best in moist well drained soil with some protection against very dry winds. We grow cultivars from five of the most popular species; Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, Lawson's False Cypress; Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Alaskan Cedar; Chamaecyparis obtusa , Hinoki Cypress; Chamaecyparis pisifera, Sawara Cypress; and Chamaecyparis thyoides, Atlantic White Cedar.

Lawsoniana
Lawson's False Cypress


The first species C. lawsoniana Lawson's False Cypress is a tree that grows in the wild to 21-60 meters high (70-200 feet) with a narrow, spire-like crown. This species occurs in the U.S.A. in the south west Oregon to north west California region, to about 5,000 feet elevation. It was introduced in 1854 by N. Murry who sent seeds to Lawson's Nursery, Edinburgh, Scotland. From there it has been planted extensively throughout Europe. Well over 200 recorded named cultivars are in existence today, (some are very nice dwarfs) and all have come into being within the past 100 or so years. Due to climate growing conditions (hardiness ) only a few are commercially produced in this country and of those available we grow only three cultivars which are miniature or dwarf selections, although we are evaluating a few others.

NEW!
Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
ELWOOD�S PILLAR� A nice slow-growing upright selection of Lawson�s Cypress that has nice greenish-blue foliage.

Miniature
Globosa
Zone 5 ?
'PYGMAEA ARGENTEA' This dwarf has dark green colored foliage with creamy white branch tips making an exciting accent plant. Quite rare. It prefers afternoon shade for best color retention. Has been in cultivation since before 1891. The height in ten years will be about 12".
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NEW!
Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
TREASURE� This selection is an upright growing one from Canada. It has lovely golden foliage and it got its start at fame as a sport of Chamaecyparis lawsonianaElwoodi�.


Nootkatensis
Alaskan Cedar or Nootka Cypress


The second species we grow is Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, the Alaskan Cedar or Nootka Cypress, as it is sometimes called, occurs in the Pacific Coast of North America. It is found from the Cascade Mountains of northern Oregon, Washington, British Colombia, and Alaska to Prince William Sound and grows at an elevation of 200 to 7000 feet. The habit in the wild is a conical tree to 40 meters (130 feet) with a narrow crown, the branches are horizontal to drooping and the bark is orangish-brown. The hardiness of the species is zone 5. It was discovered at Nootka Sound by Menzies in 1793 and introduced in France in 1851 through the Botanic Garden, St. Petersburg. Some of the garden cultivars are becoming very popular in modern landscaping. We currently grow 6 and are evaluating a few more. These are all somewhat smaller than their wild counterparts and have been selected for outstanding features in todays smaller gardens.

Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'AUREA' The Golden Alaskan Cedar is a intermediate growing selection with a nice light yellow foliage that will later turn a light green. It has been around since at least 1891. Makes a great accent plant! The size after ten years will be about 8' high and 3' wide.

Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'AUREOVARIEGATA' This selection has been around since at least 1875 and was raised by Maurice Young of Milford, England. It is variegated with a light butter-yellow color on a green foliage that will make a great accent or specimen plant in any landscape. Although it is quite nice it is not found very frequently in the trade.
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Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'GLAUCA' The Blue Alaskan Cedar. This one is a fantastic tree with bluish-green color. In cultivation since around 1858. Makes a great screen or tall hedge. The height and width after 10 years will be 8' by 3'.
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Intermediate
Pendulous
Zone 5
'GLAUCA PENDULA' This is a bluish selection of the popular Weeping Alaskan Cedar. It has the same wonderful pendulous habit with a real nice bluish-gray color.This selection is quite rare in the trade and difficult to find.

Intermediate
Upright Weeping
Zone 5
'GREEN ARROW' The Green Arrow Alaskan Cedar is a stunning accent plant! It has a strong central leader with very pendulous branches making it a living green exclamation point! This was found in BC, Canada by Gordon Bentham. Excellent selection for an upright statement. H:10' W:3'

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Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'LAURA AURORA' This new cultivar originated as a mutation on C. nootkatensis 'Pendula'. It is a deep dark green with bright yellow variegation with various amounts of color throughout. This one makes a nice addition to any landscape.

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Cary Award - Worcester County (Mass) Horticultural Society
Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association Plant Award
Intermediate
Weeping
Zone 5
'PENDULA' This is the famous Weeping Alaskan Cedar. A superb specimen tree with long graceful branches hanging vertically. It has real good green color and a great habit. It was developed about 1860 by Adrianus Van Leeuwen (1810-1873). He was Chief Propagator at the Nursery of GJ Alberts at Boskoop. It is now of the best weeping conifers for planting as a specimen. It prefers full sun. An excellent choice! H: 6-7' W: 3-4'

Intermediate
Broad/Conical
Zone 5
'TATRA' Here is a great new selection from the Czech Republic. It was raised by Fr. Machala and selected because it has a better color than Chamaecyparis. n. 'Glauca' and it also has a much finer and softer texture. It will make a dense broadly conical tree. The color is a nice blue-gray and very attractive.

NEW!
Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
VARIEGATA� This selection has refreshing creamy white splashes of variegation on a foundation of blue-gray-green needles

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Obtusa
Hinoki False Cypress


The third and by far the most versatile species is C. obtusa, probably best known as the Hinoki False Cypress. This broadly conical tree grows to around 40 meters (125 feet) tall, with a rounded crown and horizontal branch structure. The bark is an attractive reddish to orange-brown and peels off in long thin strips. It is found in Japan from Hondo to Yaku Island at an elevation of 1300 to 6550 feet It is also found in planted forests and is known for wood of excellent durability, is easy to work with and has a nice finish. It was introduced by Dr. von Siebold into the Netherlands and by J. G.. Veitch into Britain in 1861. The species has produced an enormous amount of great ornamental garden cultivars, many of these are dwarf and have colors ranging from a deep dark green to a light golden yellow to even a bluish-green. There is also a selection with a specific shape and growth rate for just about every possible location imaginable, from low and wide to upright or even ball-shaped. We currently grow over 35 cultivars from this species and are evaluating more. This species is very often used in the production of bonsai due to its adaptability to adverse conditions, but in the landscape it grows best in cool areas with good soil and prefers full sun. The species is hardier (zone 3) than most of the cultivars which are either zone 4 or 5. Many of these plants are refered to as Dwarf Hinokis' but we will use the The Conifer Society growth rates as a standard for the evaluation of the rate of growth as is our normal procedure for all plants. Most of these plants are very low maintenence and will never need to be pruned due to the slow rate of growth. So if you don't like to prune plants these just might be the answer you were looking for.

Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'AUREA NANA' A dwarf golden pyramidal shrub that is half-way between C. obtusa 'Nana Lutea' and C. obtusa 'Crippsi' in growth rate and habit. It has a very nice golden yellow color when grown in full sun. It will grow very good in the shade but the color will be much greener.

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Dwarf
Globose
Zone 4
'BLUE FEATHERS' A compact form with feathery, juvenile foliage that has bluish-gray-green color when young and both juvenile and adult foliage when mature. This dwarf grows about two to four inches a year when established. It looks similar to C. thyoides 'Heatherbun but only bluish-green. A real nice plant for the new style gardens.

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Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'CONFUCIOUS' This one is known as the Confucius Hinoki. A new slow-growing selection that has unique foliage of bright golden-yellow overlaying a deep peaceful emerald green. It forms a real nice dense compact upright plant that will tolerate shearing. This one is a WINNER!!!!!!!!

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Large
Upright
Zone 5
'CRIPPSI' Here is the well known Crippsi Hinoki Cypress. This one is the standard for a golden hinoki. It is pyramidal or broadly conical in shape with foliage that has a rich golden yellow color. It makes a fantastic accent plant. It has been in the trade since before 1901 and is becoming very popular. It is a fast grower with a size of H:15' W:6' in 10 years. It takes very well to shearing for use in smaller locations and it shows it's best color in full sun.

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Dwarf
Upright/Irregular
Zone 5
'DAINTY DOLL' A dwarf upright with a flat top and fine lacy dark green foliage.

Miniature
Globose
Zone 5
'ELF' This plant is a true miniature one. It will grow less than 3/4" a year. A nice round grower with a slightly pointed top. Great in the dwarf area. Similar to C. obtusa 'Nana'. Excellent deep green color.

Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'ELMWOOD' Here is a nice bluish-green upright plant that has juvenile foliage. It looks similar to Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Blue Feathers' and a C. o.'Split Rock'.

Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'FERNSPRAY GOLD' Known as the Golden Fernspray Cypress this selection has a dense pyramidal growth habit with beautifully twisted fern-like flattened branches. It is similar to C. obtusa 'Tetragona Aurea but has more lemon, less orange and is a slower grower. Also the branches are more horizontal growing as compared to C. o. 'Tetragona Aurea's' ascending habit. H:6' W:4'

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Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
GOLD DROP� This relatively new selection has beautiful lacy foliage that is a nice shade of yellow. It looks like a dwarf form of C. obtusaCrippsi�.

Dwarf
Conical
Zone 5
'GOLDEN CERAMIC' See 'Lynn's Golden'

Miniature
Mounding
Zone 5
'GOLDEN FILAMENT' This one is a great selection in the miniature catagory. It is similar to 'Golden Sprite' but dosen't seem to burn in full sun, in fact it shows its best color in the full sun. A real winner!

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Miniature
Mounding
Zone 5
'GOLDEN NYMPH' This miniature golden-yellow hinoki is very compact with a round-tufted or squatly-conical shape. The annual growth is approx. 1 1/2". Very nice selection for the small area.


Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'GOLDEN WHORL' This superb selection resembles a dwarf form of C. obtusa ' Torulosa' but in bright gold color. It is similar to C. obtusa 'Sanotome' or 'Tsatsumi Gold'. I think they are different plants but I'm not positive. In any case this plant always generates much interest around here from our visitors.

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Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'GRACILIS' This selection has a conical form and is more compact than the species with dark green foliage. This plant is often incorrectly sold as C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'. It has a vigorous growth habit and makes a nice screen or tall hedge It also makes a nice foundation or specimen plant. Imported from Japan around 1862 by Siebold. H:9' W: 4' This plant is an intermediate and not a dwarf!!!

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Miniature
Pyramidal
Zone 5
'HAGE' This variety has nice dark green foliage and a dwarf pyramidal compact shape. It is very slow growing to about 3' high in very old age. Similar to C. obtusa 'Nana but denser and more broadly conical. A great plant for window boxes, decorative patio planters and in a rock garden. It is also used in rooftop gardening and bonsai. It was introduced to the trade around 1928 by Wm. Hage & Co., Boskoop, Holland. Prefers full sun.

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Dwarf
Irregular
Zone 5
'KOSTERI' The Kosteri Hinoki Cypress. We only grow the true C. obtusa 'Kosteri' not the fast form as is common in the trade. This dwarf irregular pyramid has a great compact habit. The nicely layered foliage is bright green and looks just fantastic in winter when lightly dusted with snow. It was introduced by Koster & Zoon Nursery about 1915. One of the best Hinokis'! H:36" W:24" in ten years. Very Popular.

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NEW!
Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
LEMON TWIST� Here is a slightly contorted, hence the name, upright selection with a nice lemon-yellow, twisted thread-like foliage. Looks like it will be a classic!

Miniature
Mounding
Zone 5
'LEPRECHAUN' A unbelievably nice compact, globe-shaped plant that will grow slightly higher with age. It has a good dark green color and the annual growth is only 1/2" making this a true miniature selection. Similar to C. obtusa 'Hage'. This one is a fantastic choice for the windowbox or decorative patio planter.
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Miniature
Mounding/Conical
Zone 5
'LITTLE ANN' Here is another great miniature selection from Joe Reis. This very slow-growing variety was also raised from a seedling and it will form a deep dark green, narrowly conical bush.

Dwarf
Conical
Zone 5
'LYNN'S GOLDEN' This one is known also known as 'Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree' (which is an invalid name). It is a nice golden-yellow, slow growing Hinoki. In the winter it will get an attractive purple color to it, kind of like an edge of frosting on a ceramic bowl. The annual growth is approximately 3" making this one a real nice dwarf. A fairly recent introduction that is fast becoming one of our best sellers.
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Dwarf
Globosa
Zone 5
'MARIESII' This selection has a nice conical habit and slow growth rate. This one is not a true miniature but it is dwarf and will reach 4' high and 3' wide in about 15 years. It can be grown in either sun or shade but the variegation will be much whiter in the sun and a more creamy-yellow in the shade.
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Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'MEROKE' This cultivar is a very nice, slow growing, narrow to conical form with a golden-green color and tidy habit. It should be planted in full sun for best color.

Miniature
Globose
Zone 5
'NANA' This is the true C. obtusa 'Nana'. Many plants that are sold under this name are often mislabeled and are really just C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' or C. obtusa 'Nana Compacta' which are much faster and dwarfs but not miniatures. This is very slow growing with a globular, flat- topped shape. It has nice dark green fine foliage. A 90 year old plant is only 20 inches high and 24 inches wide. It was introduced by Dr. von Siebold around 1860. The height and width after ten years will be only 8" by 7-9". This selection is very popular for use in windowboxes, decorative patio planters and also in rock gardens.
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Dwarf
Miniature
Zone 5
'NANA GRACILIS' This selection is probably the best representative of the Dwarf Hinoki Cypress. With an upright, irregular growth habit and with very beautiful, dark green compacted foliage it is one of the best of all of the dwarf conifers. Often wrongly named C. obtusa 'Nana' or 'Nana Compacta'. It has been around since 1863 and is extremely popular for use in todays smaller landscapes. The height and width in ten years will be about 3' high and 20" wide. This is one of the best of all of the dwarf conifers.
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Miniature
Upright/Mound
Zone 5
'NANA LUTEA' One of the best representatives of the Dwarf Golden Hinoki Cypresses . This very slow growing mound, which occurred as a sport on C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis', has a beautiful lemon-gold foliage color in full sun to green-gold in shade. It maintains this great color very well year round. Introduced by Jan Spek of Boskoop, Holland. This plant is very slow and grows only about 15" high and 8" wide in 10 years. Extremely popular and we normally sell out very early.
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Dwarf
Mounding
Zone 5
'PYGMAEA' This is the Pygmy Hinoki Cypress. Its dwarf form is a broadly globose mounding habit. The foliage is fan-shaped with the tips curving slightly downward and it has a nice bright green color. It was imported from Japan in 1861 and today it is very popular. The size in ten years will be about 3' high and 3' wide.
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Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'REIS DWARF' Known as the Reis Dwarf Hinoki Cypress. This beautiful selection is from Joe Reis. It is nice dwarf, upright shrub, and it has beautiful irregular mounds of bright green foliage. The plant will send out an upright leader which can be pinched back a little and this will cause a beautiful ball of congested foliage to start to appear. It lends itself very well to producing a Pom Pom type plant. This is a very attractive plant and will be an outstanding feature in any garden! H:4' W:18". I saw one in MA a few years ago that was about 20 some years old and had achieved a size of about 15' high creating an image of the perfect Japanese Garden plant.
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Dwarf
Spreading
Zone 5
'REPENS' A real nice prostrate to globose shrub with short sprays of bright green foliage. A fantastic flat-topped selection that is great for the rock garden. It is quite rare! It occurred as a sport of C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' sometime before 1949 I have one in my Idea Garden that is about 14 to 15 years old and about 15-18" high and 5-6' wide.
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Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'RIGID DWARF' Known as the Rigid Dwarf Hinoki, this selection is a dwarf with a stiff and rigid upright habit . It will be about twice as high as broad with a real good dark green foliage color. Rare in the US gardens. Very nice! A plant I saw was 25 years old and 36 inches tall. It was developed in England sometime before 1964 and is becoming more popular.

Miniature
Upright
Zone 5
'SNOWFLAKE' A compact, sport of C. obtusaChabo Yadari� with blue green juvenile foliage. All of adult foliage being pure white and staying miniature, giving it a speckled appearance. This is another new selection.

Miniature
Upright
Zone 5
'SNOWKIST' This is a very dwarf sport of C. obtusa. 'Tonia'. It has creamy white tips on the new growth and dark green foliage is the normal color. It won't burn in full sun and actually it shows its best color in the full sun. Excellent choice for the rock garden. This selection is under the miniature catagory because it only grows to about 12" high in ten years.
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Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'SPIRALIS' This new selection is like a 'Rigid Dwarf' but has somewhat stiff, upright foliage that is on twisted branches. It grows about 2-3" a year and has a nice green color. Introduced around 1930 by Rogers & Sons Nursery.

Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'SPLIT ROCK' Here it is a blue Hinoki. This slow grower has a nice dwarf, upright habit. It also is the bluest obtusa I have seen to date . It has a bluish cast on the juvenile foliage creating an interesting quality. A very nice selection and extremely popular.
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Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'SUNSPRAY' A real nice dwarf compact yellow-gold Hinoki with a growth habit similar to C. obtusa 'Nana Lutea' only slightly faster. Grows about 2 to 3" a year once established. Looks like a winner!

Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'TEDDY BEAR' Here is a great new selection that we feel has a strong future. It is similar to Cham. o. 'Filicoides' but the internodes are closer together making it a more dense plant and therefore needing less initial shaping and pruning. Nice dark green foliage too. It looks like it should be about 8 feet tall in 10 years.

Dwarf
Pyramidal
Zone 5
'TEMPLEHOF' This is a recent introduction from Europe that was found in Konijn Nursery around 1964. It is very dense and broadly pyramidal to conical in habit and has a course, nice, light green foliage. Great selection for full sun. The size in ten years will be about 5' high and 2-3' wide.


Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'TORULOSA' The Twisted Hinoki Cypress. This semi-dwarf or intermediate sized plant has twisted coral-like green foliage and forms an irregular pyramid. Developed before 1903. H:6' W:3'
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Miniature
Globose
Zone 5
'VERKADE'S SUNBURST' This selection is a miniature globe which is yellow in summer and greenish in winter. Prefers full sun for best color. It is very nice for the dwarf garden or as a companion plant for perennials But most of the people who purchase it say it will be placed in decorative patio planters or windowboxes. A true miniature attaining a size of 9" high and 10" wide in ten years.

Miniature
Upright
Zone 5
'WYKOFF' This selection is from Don Smith at the Watnong Nursery in NJ. It is a dwarf upright with dark green foliage that only grows about 3/4 to 1" a year. An excellent choice!


Pisifera
Sawara Cypress


Another species we grow is C. pisifera The Sawara Cypress. In he wild it is a narrowly pyramidal tree 40-50 meters (125 to 155 feet) tall with an open crown, horizontal branches, and a straight trunk reddish-brown bark that peels in long thin strips. The native range is in Japan from South Hondo Island to central Kyushu at an elevation up to 7850 feet. Introduced by Dr. von Siebold between 1859 and 1861 there are now many very nice garden ornamentals. They fall into four basic foliage types; filifera or thread-like; plumosa or the soft plumose type; the raspy stiff prickly foliage of some adult types; and squarrosa, the soft all juvenile foliage. In some of the older texts the juvenile types were referred to as being in the genus Retinospora. No matter what type, they all prefer moist soils and humid conditions and dislike dry heavy clay soils especially ones containing lime. We are now growing 22 varieties of this species and by far the most popular are the thread-like types C. pisifera 'Goldthread' and C. pisifera 'Filifera'.

Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'BABY BLUE' Here is a real nice new selection similar to the Boulevard Cypress but it has very tiny, densely-placed, bright blue foliage that twists around the branchlets. It will form a small, about 6 foot, upright-conical shrub at maturity.

Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'BOULEVARD' Broadly pyramidal with a soft bluish-gray foliage. It prefers full sun. Originated as a sport of C. pisifera 'Squarrosa'. Introduced to the trade in 1934 by Boulevard Nurseries. In ten years the size will be about is 8' high and 3' wide. Often seen in patio planters near swimming pools.

Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'BRIGHT GOLD' A real nice selection of gold thread cypress similar in color and growth to 'Golden Mops'. Stays bright gold all year round.

Intermediate
Upright
Zone 5
'CLOUDED SKY' A real nice selection with both adult and juvenile foliage on the same plant. This is a mutation of C. pisifera 'Squarrosa', but it is much less known than the very popular 'Boulevard'.

Miniature
Mounding
Zone 5
'COMPACTA' Rich greenish-blue bun that has nice compact recurving sprays and a good tight habit. The size in ten years will be somewhere around 12" high and 12" wide. Good selection!

Dwarf
Globose
Zone 5
'CREAM BALL' Here is a new release from Canada with a nice globose habit. The silver-white foliage will not burn in full sun and in fact is more compact and dense when planted there. It is fast becoming very popular. H:/W: unknown at the present time but it looks to be a real nice dwarf.

Dwarf
Globose
Zone 5
'CURLY TOPS' Here is another new selection of the Boulevard Cypress but this one forms a small round globe of bright blue-white foliage with a twist at the ends of each branch. It really makes a nice selection for the partially shaded area.

Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'DEVON CREAM' This cultivar was found in ....You guessed it ... Devon, England. It is a dwarf upright growing form of the well known 'Boulevard Cypress' except all of the new foliage in Spring is white-tipped. Later in the season the new growth changes to a nice blue. The growth rate is about 4" per year once established.

Intermediate
Pyramidal
Zone 4
'FILIFERA' The Green Threadbranch Cypress. It is a pyramidal or conical plant with pendulous branches when mature, globular when young. The foliage has a long green thread-like form creating a very unique appearance. This nice selection was introduced by Fortune in 1861 from Japan. The size in ten years is about 6' high and 3' wide. Underused in modern landscaping.
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Dwarf
Mounding
Zone 5
GOLD DUST' The Gold Dust Sawara Cypress. Nice golden-yellow speckles on sprays of dark green. It is a variegated form of C. pisifera ' Compacta'. It is a recent introduction and has become quite popular. A 7 year old plant is about 18" wide and 12" high.
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Intermediate
Pyramidal
Zone 5
'GOLDEN MOPS' An intermediate form (not a young plant) of C. pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'. The habit is lower and foliage is much finer but it will eventually send up a leader. This is not a dwarf and it will make a dense globose bush but will get over 1 meter high. H:4-5' W:30-36"

Intermediate
Globe/upright
Zone 5
'GOLDILOTS' This new variety is a selection made from Blue Sterling Nursery. It stays a super gold color year round. The texture of the leaves is more representative of an obtusa or even an Arborvitae. The growth habit is globose and it tolerates shearing very well if needed. If left unsheared it might possibly form a conical shrub similar in habit and rate to C. obtusa. 'Crippsi'. All of ours have been sheared to a globose form.
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Intermediate
Pyramidal
Zone 5
'GOLD THREAD' This is the one we have chosen to represent the Goldthread Cypress because it is actually a brilliant yellow-gold all year round, never turning green (except in very deep shade). It also will not get sunburn even in full sun like C. pisifera 'Golden Mops'. It also has a good weeping-like habit of the branchlets. This plant, like all of the threadleaf cypresses, will eventually develop a central leader and attain some significant height. H:6-7' W:3'
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Dwarf
Globose
Zone 4
'JUNIPEROIDES AUREA' A nice low growing dwarf globe with fine golden plumose foliage. It is very compact and tidy. In cultivation since 1965. H:30" W:30"
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Miniature
Mounding
Zone 5
'MINIMA' This one is a low flat-topped dense mounding plant with dark blue-green foliage. Very similar to C. pisifera 'Compacta' but more dense and slower growing.

NEW!
Intermediate
Conical
Zone 3
PLUMOSA AUREA� This one has been around quite a while. It was introduced from Japan by Fortune in 1861. It grows very similar to the green Chamaecyparis pisiferaPlumosa� with a nice conical form and will attain a height of about 10 m tall, but it has nice golden yellow needles. This one is definately NOT a dwarf!

Dwarf
Globose
Zone 5
'PLUMOSA COMPRESSA' A rockery gem. Very compact and dense forming a low, ball shaped shrub with light golden tips on green juvenile foliage. It originated as a sport on C. pisifera 'Squarrosa' and was developed by Koster & Zonen and introduced sometime before 1929 by Van Ness & Zoon, Boskoop, Holland. The size at ten years is about 20" high and wide.
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Dwarf
Upright
Zone 5
'SILVER and GOLD' Here is a new cultivar that has green flattened foliage that is colored with both silvery-white and golden-yellow variegation. It is quite unusual in the fact that it has both white and gold foliage on the same plant. The growth habit is a nice upright form.

Intermediate
Globose
Zone 4
'SQUARROSA INTERMEDIA' Young plants are flattened and globose with silver-blue thread-like foliage. It can be maintained at a small size by pruning shoots or easily trained into Pom Pom or other interesting shapes by allowing the shoots to grow out and then trimming. It has been in cultivation since before 1923 and it is also called C. pisifera ' Dwarf Blue'. The size in ten years is 20" high and wide.
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Dwarf
Globose
Zone 4
'SNOW' The Snow Sawara Cypress is a nice dwarf form and similar to C. pisifera 'Plumosa Compressa' but the foliage tips are pure snow white on green. It was introduced before 1971 from Japan. Prefers partial shade especially in the strong afternoon.
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Miniature
Globose/upright
Zone 5
'TRUE BLUE' Here is another 'Boulevard' type release discovered in Australia. The foliage is a real good blue and slightly larger than 'Boulevard'. The growth rate is much slower than �Boulevard� being only about 1-2" a year.
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NEW!
Miniature
Globose/upright
Zone 4
TSUKUMO� The needles of �Tsukumo� are a pleasing light green with light bluish on the underside. It will evolve into a tiny, low, bun-shaped dome but is extremely slow growing. Excellent for rock gardens and also very popular for use in bonsai. Prefers full sun.


Thyoides
Atlantic White Cedar


The last species of Chamaecyparis is C. thyoides which is commonly called White Cedar. In the wild it is a narrowly conical tree to about 15-27 meters (50-80 feet) tall, with a spire-like crown. The bark is reddish-brown, fiberous and becoming scaly and loose. The branches are horizontally spreading with dark bluish-green to gray- green needles. It occurs in the eastern US from northern Florida to central Maine and westward to Mississippi under 100 feet elevation especially in or very near swamps and all prefer full sun. It was introduced into gardens in 1736 and there are a few nice ornamentals for landscape use.

Intermediate
Conical
Zone 4
'AUREA' This selection has a nice conical habit with golden-yellow needles. It was developed in Belgium around 1974. It is a loose and somewhat thin grower that would profit from pruning when young.

Intermediate
Globose
Zone 4
'HEATHERBUN' Here is a great slow growing, very diminutive selection with all juvenile foliage forming a round-topped little shrub. It also has the most beautiful rich purple-plum winter color. An excellent choice!
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Dwarf
Conical
Zone 3
'LITTLE JAMIE' This is one of the best of the dwarf thyoides now available. It has a growth rate of about 2' high in 8 years and is very dense. The habit closely resembles a Dwarf Alberta Spruce but the foliage is softer and it dosen't seem to have a problem with mites.

Dwarf
Conical
Zone 3
'METH DWARF' Here is another one of the great new thyoides selections. It is an attractive, compact, conical dwarf selection of C. thyoides made by Robert Meth of NY. It will grow very well in either shade or sun.

Dwarf
Upright
Zone 4
'RED STAR' This is a new variety that is compact and upright with a nice gray-green feathery type of foliage. The color in fall and winter is a superb reddish-purple-gray. The rate of growth is about 3-5" per year and it is very hardy. One of our best selling C. thyoides.
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Dwarf
Conical
Zone 5
'TOP POINT' A new selection from Holland. The form is conical to columnar. This dwarf grows about 3" a year or less and like most of the thyoides is a great choice for the area that is slightly wet.

Large
Upright
Zone 5
'VARIEGATED' A fast growing, irregular upright to conical shaped form that is somewhat loose and airy. The foliage color is a green with yellow variegations. The rate of growth, once established, is about 8-10" per year, making this a nice selection for a light screen, hedge or wind block. Will tolerate shearing very well.

Please prune the dwarf Blue Spruce to return to the top.

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GROWTH
PER YEAR


Miniature........
less than 3"

Dwarf............
3-6"

Intermediate.....
6-12"

Large............
more than 12"