Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'
Golden Threadleaf Falsecypress
kam-e-SIP-a-ris pi-SIF-er -a
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Conifer, evergreen shrub/tree, semi-dwarf, 15-20 ft (5-6 m), broad conical, also grows flat, slow growing. Branchlets thin, cord-like, pendulous and the leaves scale-like, in opposite pairs, sharp pointed; essentially like those of 'Filifera', but yellow.
- Sun exposure is required for full color development (see below), but too much may cause sunburn.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 In cultivation before 1891.
Some comparable cultivars:
- ‘Filifera Aurea Nana’ - it is not a genuine dwarf, but a slow growing cultivar propagated from the lateral branches of ‘Filifera Aurea’, and can grow to height of 2 m (Bärtels, p. 240).
- ‘Golden Mop’ - it is a mutation of ‘Filifera Aurea’ and a true dwarf, to 1 m, with more intense yellow.
- 'Lemon Thread' - leaves bright yellow, has both juvenile and adult foliage.
- 'Sungold' - it is less yellow than ‘Filifera Aurea’, but withstands full sun, and is hardier (van Gelderen and van Hoey Smith, 1996).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east of Women and Gender Center (south of Community Hall).