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Everybody loves Gold Mop (or Golden Mop) Falsecypress, a very cool dwarf yellow version of the Sawara Falsecypress Tree. This perky, vibrant yellow evergreen will bring a cheery burst of color to your landscape and offers an interesting texture that you’ll be tempted to run your fingers through. Instead of wearing the typical needles of most conifers, like Spruce, Pine, and Fir, Gold Mop Falsecypress is draped in curious thin ropy foliage from head to toe. Give this fun accent plant a prominent spot in any of the landscape beds around your home, and it will mix beautifully with other green-, blue-, and purple-foliaged plants and will shine like a beacon all year long.
- Hardiness Zone: 4
- Spacing: 4-8'
- Exposure: Sun
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Sawara Falsecypress is a stately Japanese forest tree that can reach 100 feet or more in the wild. Fortunately, there are many versions of Sawara that stay much smaller, and some of them have blue or gold foliage to boot (like Gold Mop). There is some confusion as to where and when this version appeared and even what to call it. It goes by the names ‘Gold Mop’, ‘Golden Mop’, ‘Golden Mops’, or just ‘Mops’. This selection probably came out of Europe in the 1950s or ’60s. It has been embraced by gardeners all over the world (with good reason) and is the most popular of all the Sawara Falsecypresses that are grown.
There also conflicting reports as to how large Gold Mop Falsecypress can get. While it typically grows to 4 or 5 feet tall and wide, in favorable locations it has been known to get much bigger. This slow grower is easy to control with regular light pruning, however, if space is at a premium.
How to Grow
Gold Mop Falsecypress is an adaptable, easy-to-grow specimen plant for full sun. One situation it doesn’t care for is extreme heat and humidity, and in the Deep South it may struggle. In much of the rest of the country, though, it’s a trooper that thrives with little special care. Give it regular water and a layer of mulch to keep the roots cool and moist. Gold Mop Falsecypress will grow in shade, but the foliage will turn green there, so make sure it has plenty of light. Pests and diseases are normally of no concern as long as the plant isn’t stressed or overwatered.
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Size A Trees:
3-4' Tall. Grown in our #7 or #8 tree container this small evergreen tree will complement any landscape
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