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Cream Ball Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cream Ball'

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Cream Ball Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cream Ball') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Cream Ball Falsecypress

Cream Ball Falsecypress

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cream Ball Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cream Ball') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Cream Ball Falsecypress foliage

Cream Ball Falsecypress foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Falsecypress

Description:

A variety of threadleaf falsecypress with fine, almost string-like brilliant gray-green foliage with cream variegation at the tips, giving an extremely fine texture; ideal for color and texture contrast in the garden; grows very slowly

Ornamental Features

Cream Ball Falsecypress has attractive creamy white-tipped grayish green foliage. The threadlike leaves are highly ornamental and turn lime green in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cream Ball Falsecypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

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.

Cream Ball Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Cream Ball Falsecypress will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 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.

Cream Ball Falsecypress makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features