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Soft Serve® False Cypress Chamaecyparis pisifera

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Early Spring
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
120" 72"
Height
72 - 120"
Spread
60 - 72"
  • Details

    Features

    This soft, graceful evergreen has lovely color, too.

    A compact, conical falsecypress with graceful, soft fern-like branches. The leaves are bright green on top and flecked with silver-blue on the underside. This sport of 'Boulevard' is a great substitute for dwarf Alberta spruce.

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Salt Tolerant
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Evergreen
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 120 Inches
    Spacing: 
    72 - 120 Inches
    Spread: 
    60 - 72 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Brown
    Flower Shade: 
    conifer - not noticable.
    Foliage Colors: 
    Blue
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green flecked with silver blue
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Moderate
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Shrub borders, hedges, specimen, perennial borders and containers.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Extremely adaptable, but prefers moist, loamy, well-drained, lime-free soils. This compact selection does not require any pruning. To keep smaller, minimal pruning can be done in summer. Medium moisture. Evergreen - slow growing. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for evergreens. Follow the label for recommended rate of application. Protect from harsh winter sun and winds.

    Soft Serve® Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Dow Whiting' USPP 20,883
  • 8 Reviews

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    • I have 1 of these planted as a specimen piece in my garden. LOVE IT and would definitely buy more of these HOWEVER, I strongly DISAGREE with whoever says no need for trimming on these. They do grow a little unorganized, which I actually like that look. The ISSUE is that, with the uneven grow in certain areas, the weight of the branches starts to, well REALLY weigh on those branches, leading to holes/ open areas in the tree due to the heavy weight where the growth really takes off. LOVE this tree, would buy and plant more of them. But I couldn’t disagree more with the “no need to trim statement”. Totally false in my opinion/ findings. I suggest lighting trimming this little beauty for ultimate results.

      Spencer
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 16 weeks ago
    • We know Dow Whiting and are working with him and Linda on landscaping our home. This was a must have shrub and it serves as the anchor plant to one of the beds in front of our home. When coming down the street it is and will be the first shrub you see and it eventually (when mature) will soften the corner of the home.

      Michele Prose
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
    • I bought this plant from dow whiting himself in 2008. it is absolutely beautiful.no regrets

      mike mcintosh
      , 9 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • I purchased two seedlings from Bluestone Perennials in 2009. They overwintered in my containers and are thriving with no fuss. Beautiful plants with georgous texture.

      jodi pollock
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • Awesome Plant!I have had several neighbors inquire about the plant.It has a very nice shape.

      Mike McIntosh
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • Very nice plant although I'm starting to see a little bit of yellowing on the inside of the plant after a month and a half of being planted.

      Mike McIntosh
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
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