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CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera 'Squarrosa Minima'

Image of Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Minima'

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera 'Squarrosa Minima'

Plant Common Name

Globe Moss Falsecypress, Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Falsecypress

General Description

Japanese falsecypress is an evergreen coniferous shrub that originates from Japan. The cultivar 'Squarrosa Minima' is a dwarf selection that forms a dense mound of feathery olive-green foliage. Its tidy habit is appealing and versatile in the landscape and its foliar texture provides interest all year around.

This cultivar thrives in partial shade and moist, slightly acid, organic-rich, well-drained soil. Its foliage may scorch in full sun. It prefers cool humid environments and should be protected from harsh drying winds. Use this colorful and textural shrub for rock gardens, containers or small garden plantings. It looks lovely when planted with colorful heaths and heathers. 'Squarrosa Minima' is even useful as a bonsai specimen. Prune out any vigorous branches to maintain the shrub's dwarf mounding habit.

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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No