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Give your garden a cheery pop of color all year-round with Lemon Thread Falsecypress. This sunny yellow evergreen—part of our Firefly program—will brighten your landscape on gloomy days and will always look picture-perfect. Needing little maintenance, it won’t be a strain on your busy schedule, either. Use Lemon Thread in your entryway garden, island beds, mixed borders, or patio plantings, where it will be a focal point in all seasons. It looks especially sharp when placed next to plants with broad leaves to accentuate its fine-textured, stringy foliage.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Lemon Thread Falsecypress is a selection of Sawara Falsecypress. This majestic forest tree of Japan can reach over 100 feet tall in the wild. Once considered a sacred tree in that country, it has been used in building Japanese palaces, temples, shrines, and coffins. The Sawara Falsecypress has morphed into many forms and can now be found with yellow, blue, or green foliage that may be lacy, feathery, fluffy, or stringy. Tiny, slow-growing selections have appeared that look nothing like their towering forest tree brothers. Lemon Thread Falsecypress was discovered at Mitsch Nursery in Oregon in the mid-1980s.
Lemon Thread Falsecypress is very similar to the popular Gold Mop Falsecypress. In fact, most people wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. Lemon Thread differs by having foliage that is just a little paler yellow. Both make brilliant accents for your garden.
How to Grow
Grow this adaptable, easy-to-please specimen in full sun to bring out the brightest yellow highlights. Some afternoon shade may be necessary in very hot climates, however, to prevent burning of the foliage. Lemon Thread Falsecypress needs regular water (provide weekly irrigation if no rain falls), but it won’t tolerate “wet feet.” Mulch with shredded bark, wood chips, or pine straw to moderate temperatures in the root zone and conserve water. Little pruning is needed with this slow grower, and as long as the plant is watered properly and not subject to stress, pests and diseases should not be an issue.
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