Lemon Thread Falsecypress - conical Leaf

Growth Facts

Lemon Thread Falsecypress - conical

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Lemon Thread'
Cheerful yellow foliage makes this specimen stand out from the crowd.

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Give your garden a pyramidal pop of color all year-round with our Conical 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. Let it shine in your entryway garden, where it will bring instant curb appeal to your front yard landscape. Or, include it in your patio plantings and show it off where you entertain and relax with friends. It looks especially sharp when placed next to plants with broad leaves to accentuate its fine-textured, stringy foliage.

Growth Facts

The Story

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.

The Details

Pruning is simple with this perky color spot. A light shearing once a year is all that’s needed to help Lemon Thread Falsecypress maintain its neat conical shape. Just don’t wait too long and trim it severely. If you have any pruning questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our expert growers for help at grower@bowerandbranch.com.

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. Conical 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. 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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Lemon Thread Falsecypress - conical Leaf