Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa'
Plumosa Sawara Cypress
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Conifer, evergreen tree, conical habit, 30-65 ft (10-20 m) tall, out spread branches. Branchlets feathery, leaves needle-like, 3-4 mm long, somewhat spreading (partially juvenile), green above, whitish below; may become brownish in winter. Fruits only on occasion.
- Foliage of ‘Plumosa’ is considered intermediate between the species type, which has appressed leaves, and ‘Squarrosa’, which has leaves that are spreading, flat, linear, and soft.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Introduced to England from Japan in 1861 by J.G. Veitch. This is one of the Plumosa Group, which is made up of a large number of forms, including normal, upright; slow growing, conical; and dwarf, globose; and each of the growth types have various variegated form, e.g., ‘Plumosa Aurea Compacta’.
- Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon campus, 15th and University.