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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow'

 
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow'
Common name snow false cypress; sawara cypress
Family cupressaceae
Life cycle hardy shrub (Z6-8)
Size to 6'
Light sun-part shade

This specimen evergreen shrub produces white new growth, which is especially obvious early in the season. When we bought it, I thought it was a dwarf variety, but internet research suggested otherwise, and four years later it's obvious that this one wants to grow tall. Eventually I had to relocate it, since it had outgrown its original space. Unfortunately, a drought hit hard that same summer, and Ms. Snow never recovered.

snow false cypress; sawara cypress
The creamy white tips are more evident close-up
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow'
Late-season photo (taken in November) shows the color contrast has faded.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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