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Chamaecyparis pisifera Plumosa Juniperoides

Sawara Cypress

Compact form with yellow foliage

A superb, compact cypress with soft feathery leaves that stay a bright yellow all year. The warm golden colour is a delightful contrast to dark leaved plants in winter.


A slow growing conifer happy in sun or light shade and its dense rounded, shape makes it especially suitable for large containers, rock or gravel gardens. Makes a fabulous focal point in a bed or border.


Happy in any well-drained soil and able to cope with drought once established. Unhappy in waterlogged soils. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

The origins of this plant lie in Central and Southern Japan.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 300 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Medium, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, Patio container, Rock garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From January to December