Botanical Name: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa'
Common Name: Japanese Falsecypress
Notable Feature: Airy, ferny, and feathery to the eye as well as to the touch, adding wonderful texture to the garden.
Habit: A slowly maturing, large, pyramidal evergreen that grows to 50 to 70 feet in the wild, but under cultivation to 20 to 30 feet tall. This native of Japan has reddish brown bark that peels vertically into strips.
Flower: Flowers are in the form of male pollen cones and female juvenile cones appearing in spring but not ornamentally significant. Monoecious, male and female flowers are on the same tree.
Fruit: Cones are 1/4” across, rounded, and ornamentally insignificant, glaucous green during summer before turning black-brown when ripe.
Foliage: Its dark green leaves, tinted white beneath, are needle-like and are arranged in flat, spreading sprays.
Interesting Fact: In Japan it is commonly known as Sawara cypress and is highly popular as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens. It is grown for its timber, where it is used as a material for building palaces, temples, shrines and baths, as well as making coffins. The wood is lemon-scented and light-colored with a rich, straight grain, and is rot resistant.