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CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera (SOFT SERVE™)

Image of Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Dow Whiting' (SOFT SERVE™) PP20883

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera 'Dow Whiting'(SOFT SERVE™) PP20883

Plant Common Name

Japanese Falsecypress, Soft Serve™ Falsecypress

General Description

This moderately compact, markedly hardy Japanese Falsecypress is slow-growing, pyramidal and has delicate foliage that's rich deep green on the top and silvery blue underneath. It was discovered by Dow Whiting of Nixa, Missouri as a branch sport of the common Japanese Falsecypress cultivar, 'Boulevard.'

The foliage of Soft Serve™ is soft and borne in flattened sprays of two-tone, scale-like leaves that are dark on top and silvery beneath. The needles line horizontal branches that are denser in young plants and more open in mature specimens. Spherical, green, pea-sized cones develop in spring and turn dry and brown with age. The seasoned bark is reddish brown and peels off in strips.

Sun-loving and easy to grow, this favorite landscape plant thrives in moist, acid, organic-rich soil with good drainage. It performs best where winters and cold and summers moderate. Protect from harsh, drying winds and refrain from harsh pruning as this can destroy the pleasing natural habit of this cultivar. In the landscape, Soft Serve™ looks great as an accent plant for foundation plantings or mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Flower Color

    Green, Brown

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Blue Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No