Sawara Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera
Related To:
cypress_pisifera_curlytops_mh

cypress_pisifera_curlytops_mh

Plant type: conifer
USDA Zone: 4 to 8 (several cultivars are quite heat sensitive)

The species is typically a pyramidal tree that grows up to 70 feet tall and 20 feet wide, but it's the cultivars of the species — typically smaller shrubs — that mostly find their way into today's landscapes. Treated as accent plants or specimens, the cultivars come in a wide range of colors, forms and shapes, and just about all offer interesting textural elements. Give these plants a sunny location and moist, well-drained loam, preferably acidic.

Selected cultivars

'Curly Tops'. Bluish-gray foliage with a twisted look. Mature size is about five feet high and four to five feet wide.

'Filifera'. The branches are string-like and droopy and offer a soft, fine-textured effect. Usually forms a dense mound six to eight feet tall. Doesn't do well in heat, so can be problematic in Zone 8.

'Filifera Aurea'. Similar to 'Filifera' except the foliage is yellow and the height is taller (15 to 20 feet).

'Plumosa Aurea'. Fine-textured, golden-yellow foliage. Grows to 20 to 30 feet tall. Heat hardy to Zone 7b.

'Squarrosa'. Very fine-textured, grayish-green foliage. Mature size is 30 to 40 feet tall.

Next Up

Growing Tea Olive

This highly fragrant fall bloomer knows how to put on a show.

How to Grow a Bay Tree

Season your garden with this culinary and ornamental delight.

Magnolia Tree Care Tips

They’re the iconic flowering tree of the South, y’all, but magnolias can be grown all over the U.S. Here’s how to choose and care for a magnolia tree for your yard.

Help for Unhealthy Pine Trees

Find remedies for common pine tree problems to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.

The Eastern Red Cedar

Find out why you should grow this versatile juniper in your landscape.

Magnolia Stellata Basics

This spring bloomer is a real star.

The Atlantic White Cedar

Check out this swamp dweller that has great potential for landscape use.

Mexican Heather

Mexican heather looks dainty and delicate, but this sturdy little shrub is actually tough as nails.

Go Shopping

Spruce up your outdoor space with products handpicked by HGTV editors.

What's New in Outdoors

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.