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CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera 'Tsukumo'

Image of Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Tsukumo'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS pisifera 'Tsukumo'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Falsecypress, Tsukumo Japanese Falsecypress

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General Description

Japanese falsecypress is an evergreen conifer shrub that originates from Japan. The very dwarf, slow-growing 'Tsukumo' develops a rounded silhouette with a flattened top. The scaled needles are bright green with needle undersides a bluish green. 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, alpine troughs, containers or small garden plantings, including foundation beds. It looks lovely when planted among colorful heaths and heathers. Try 'Tsukumo' as a bonsai specimen. Prune out any vigorous branches to maintain the shrub's even, dwarf block-like 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

    6"-18" / 15.2cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    8"-20" / 20.3cm - 50.8cm

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • 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

    Alpine, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No