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CHAMAECYPARIS thyoides 'Heatherbun'

Image of Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Heatherbun'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS thyoides 'Heatherbun'

Plant Common Name

Atlantic Whitecedar, Heatherbun Atlantic Whitecedar, Whitecedar Falsecypress

General Description

This dwarf selection of white cedar, ‘Heatherbun,’ is a billowy, rounded large shrub with fine-textured dark green needles that blush purpled bronze in winter's cold. It is descended from an evergreen conifer native to the coastal plains of the eastern United States from Maine to Florida and Mississippi. Its reddish, gray-brown bark is well hidden by the dense, prickly tufts of needled foliage. The needles have white bands on the undersides and the youngest needles are blue-green. Both male and female cones appear in late spring. They are small and rounded. The female cones become less rounded and more scaly as they ripen from dark purple to light sienna brown. This tree's foliage is the exclusive foodsource for the larvae of the rare Hessel's hairstreak butterfly.

Grow 'Heatherbun' in moist, well-drained to soggy soils in full sunlight. It excels in fertile, moist soils. Avoid highly alkaline or very dry locations. Use it as an accent in a foundation bed or mixed border. The unique coloration of the needles in cold temperatures makes it a great contrast for other dwarf conifers and bare-branched shrubs in the winter.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Copper, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Gray Green, Bronze, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No