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King's Gold Chamaecyparis

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold'

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King's Gold Chamaecyparis (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold') at Bachman's Landscaping

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold'

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold'

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Height: 5 feet

Spread: 5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Falsecypress


One of the most golden accent shrubs available, this forms a wide-spreading mound with delicate sprays of golden foliage that hold their color throughout the summer, even remaining yellow into the winter; a fine choice for constant color in the garden

Ornamental Features:

King's Gold Chamaecyparis has attractive gold foliage. The threadlike leaves are ornamentally significant and turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

King's Gold Chamaecyparis is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded 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.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep. 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.

King's Gold Chamaecyparis is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

King's Gold Chamaecyparis will grow to be about 5 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 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, 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 zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent Articulation Screening Rock Garden Container
Foliage Color Texture Plant Form Winter Value
Ornamental Features