Fernspray Gold Falsecypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'
Fernspray Gold Falsecypress foliage
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5
A colorful addition to any home landscape or garden, this compact shrub features bright golden foliage all season long on a narrow pyramidal form, much like a dwarf version of the species; best used as a color accent in the garden
Fernspray Gold Falsecypress is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its interestingly mounded form. It has attractive gold evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and turn chartreuse in the fall, which persists throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Fernspray Gold Falsecypress is an evergreen shrub with a strong central leader and a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Fernspray Gold Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Fernspray Gold Falsecypress will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.