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Baby Blue Chamaecyparis

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Baby Blue'

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Baby Blue Chamaecyparis (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Baby Blue') at Bachman's Landscaping

Baby Blue Chamaecyparis foliage

Baby Blue Chamaecyparis foliage

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Falsecypress

Description:

A conical shaped garden evergreen with soft and mossy silver-gray foliage which turns bronze in fall, a great choice for adding texture to a garden, also used for bonsai; prefers humid environments

Ornamental Features

Baby Blue Chamaecyparis has attractive silvery blue foliage. The threadlike leaves are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Baby Blue Chamaecyparis is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.

Baby Blue Chamaecyparis is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Baby Blue Chamaecyparis will grow to be about 6 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 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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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features