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Miniature Moss False Cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Minima'

A dwarf evergreen with a wonderful naturally globe-shaped form that displays soft sprays of foliage on dense branches, offering year-round interest. Foliage is soft green with gray-green undersides. The billowy, cushion-like shape makes this a unique accent or rock garden choice.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationkam-e-SIP-a-ris pi-SIF-er-a skwah-RO-sa MIN-i-ma
LoreChamaecyparis translates from the Greek as false cypress because it is technically distinct from the genus Cupressus.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 24 to 30 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasSmall mounds of bright evergreen foliage are the salvation of winter gardens. Plant among perennials and deciduous woody plants to carry beds and borders through the dreary seasons. Clip to create symmetrical topiary globes in the formal landscape. Use a pair to flank steps or an entry. Makes a fine choice for carefree Japanese style compositions.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Mediterranean
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Hillside, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsMaiden Grass (Miscanthus); Spirea (Spiraea); Coneflower (Echinacea); Boxwood (Buxus); Weigela (Weigela); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

Thrives in rich, acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Prefers cool, humid environments. Shelter from harsh drying winds. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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