Chamaecyparis pisifera 'SQUARROSA ALBOSPICA'

Chamaecyparis pisifera
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'SQUARROSA ALBOSPICA'
Sawara cypress
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-2m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:blue-green a cream
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers

Squarrosa is a special group of Sawara cypress. The varieties inside this group vary significantly with size, foliage colour and shape. Squarrosa Albospica is a unique and at this time hard to find variety as it seems to have been replaced with another variety called Mariesii with similar characteristics. Still, Squarrosa Albospica has features that are unique. It makes short sprays of lacy foliage that emerges soft green and matures blue-grey with purely creamy white ends about 1-3 cm long. This variegation creates a gorgeous effect that the plant is covered with stardust. The bark is reddish-brown. It grows slowly or moderately, and its ultimate size is commonly around 2m but varies with location.

Sawara cypress prefers moist, slightly acid soil but is adaptable to most soil types provided it is well-drained. It can take strong frosts but dislikes extremely hot summers in dry soils, though, it loves full sun. Keep it mulched at all times to keep the soil most. No pruning is necessary but trimming can be done in early spring after all frosts. Never cut into old wood. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 15-02-2012
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GLOSSARY
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  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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