Chamaecyparis pisifera Boulevard (Sawara Cypress) 3l

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Sawara Cypress

With its soft silvery blue foliage, this conifer adds height, colour and texture to a garden.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard' is a popular and versatile variety with leaves that appear almost 'fluffy' on closer inspection, especially in spring. Foliage turns a darker blue, often taking on a purple tinge in winter adding extra seasonal interest. A lovely specimen for the garden 'Boulevard' grows to approx. 8m tall making an excellent focal point in a mixed scheme, grown on its own or as a striking hedge. Originally discovered growing in Boulevard nursery in the USA around 1934 its easy to see why this tree is still desirable today. Its slow growth habit makes it suitable for smaller plots and it will happily grow in a large pot, bringing a silvery shimmer to the darkest garden corner. 'Boulevard' received an award of garden merit in 2002 for its appearance and performance in the garden.

Attractive foliage curls gently down at the ends making this handsome conifer look as soft as it feels.

Key Features

Plant Type: Conifer

Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20.

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 8m x W 4m (Mature age: 20 Years)

Foliage Colour: Silver, Blue

Flower Colour: -

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: No

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Skin irritant.

Soil Type: Acid, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun

Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Rock Garden, Border Edging, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Plant Care & Advice

Chamaecyparis 'Boulevard' is best grown in full sun although it is tolerant of different aspects and will grow in a North facing position with lower light levels as well as facing South, East and West.

Planting in a more exposed position with strong winds and colder temperatures will increase the bronzing of the foliage in winter which can give extra seasonal interest.

Best grown in moist but well drained soil this conifer will tolerate chalky dry soils but prefers a slightly acidic soil as found in most woodland areas.

Water and feed in the first season to aid establishment and also in pots but in the ground for subsequent seasons little care is needed.

Pruning is not required but for formal specimens and hedges trimming to shape can be done twice per year in spring and autumn.