Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'
Common name: 
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 required for full color development, but 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's Center (south of Benton Hall).
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • plant habit, larger plants

    plant habit, larger plants

  • plant habit, old plant

    plant habit, old plant

  • branchlets


  • 'Lemon Thread'

    'Lemon Thread'

  • 'Sungold'