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Soft Serve® Falsecypress

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Soft Serve® Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Dow Whiting’)This beauty features interesting bright green foliage with silvery blue undersides; slow growing and densely pyramidal in habit; excellent for borders and screening

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Chamaecyparis
Species:
pisifera
Cultivar:
Dow Whiting
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Falsecypress
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Soft Serve® Falsecypress is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive green foliage with steel blue undersides. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Soft Serve® Falsecypress is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

Planting & Growing

Soft Serve® Falsecypress will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 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, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. 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.

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