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Chamaecyparis pisifera Teddy Bear

Sawara cypress

Unusual fern-like leaves

A dwarf, specimen conifer ideal for a rockery. The unusual and delicate leaves look almost fern like. It produces an open structured dense ball shape  over time.


Prefers moist but well-drained soil which ideally is acid (but it will tolerate chalky conditions). Best in a slightly shaded position.


Needs little specialist care.

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 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, 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 Cottage garden, Flower border and beds, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December