Dwarf Golden Thread Leaf Cypress: New Growth Emerges Bright Golden Yellow
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea Nana’, or more commonly called dwarf golden thread leaf cypress is a very hardy (Zones 4 to 8), slow growing, evergreen conifer that forms a delicate, golden lacey mound in the garden. The new growth emerges bright golden yellow and holds the color throughout the growing season before it gradually fades in autumn. Older foliage provides a dark green contrast, drawing attention to the thread-like golden new growth. The graceful mounding habit creates a waterfall-like effect and looks stunning when combined with boulders and in rockeries. Once established it is surprisingly drought tolerant. Golden thread leaf cypress is a superior accent in your garden our landscape and is extremely tolerant of urban pollution, making it ideal for inner city environments.
The dwarf golden thread leaf cypress matures to an eventual height and width of 4 to 8 feet, in a broad conical shape. Needles appear as golden weeping threads which look as if they are wrapped around the pendulous branches. The dense foliage growth is interesting for the complexity that it adds to the landscape. Small cones may appear on mature plants, but are rarely noted on young plants. The bark is reddish-brown and peels. This feature is best noted on older plants.
How To Make Your Dwarf Golden Thread Leaf Cypress Thrive
The dwarf golden thread leaf cypress prefers growing in a location that provides full sun or morning shade with afternoon sun and grows best when planted in sand, loam, clay, or silt soil that is well drained. You should follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established this plant is very drought tolerant, requiring little to no summer watering even during prolonged droughts. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. You will need to do very little pruning; heavy pruning can ruin its unique appearance. Only prune to remove dead, broken, or poorly formed branches.
General Dwarf Golden Thread Leaf Cypress
Pests and Diseases
Dwarf golden thread leaf cypress can be useful in the landscape in foundation plantings, in containers or planters, in shrub borders, as an accent, in landscape beds or islands, to accentuate entryways, or in small groupings, and also in rock or xeriscape gardens, or theme gardens.
- Plant Type: Conifer, shrub
- Foliage Type: Evergreen
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 to 9
- Plant Height: 4 feet, 8 feet at maturity under ideal conditions
- Blooms: Does not flower
- Foliage Color: Yellow, medium green
- Light Exposure: Full sun or light to open shade
- Water Requirements: Drought tolerant when established
- Soil Type: Clay, loam, sand, silt
- Soil Drainage: Well drained
- Growth Habit: Dense, mounding
- Special Features: Deer Resistant, dramatic foliage color, easy care, year-round interest
- Growth Rates: Slow
- Resistant: Deer resistant
- Landscape Uses: Accent, containers, planters, entryways, foundation, landscape beds, shrub borders, and small groupings