Chamaecyparis pisifera “Filifera Aurea Nana” forms a delicate, golden, lacy mound. (Richie Steffen)

Chamaecyparis pisifera “Filifera Aurea Nana” forms a delicate, golden, lacy mound. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Chamaecyparis pisifera “Filifera Aurea Nana”

This shrub looks great in rockeries and tolerates our drought-prone summers. It also needs little to no pruning.

What: Chamaecyparis pisifera “Filifera Aurea Nana” forms a delicate, golden, lacy mound. The new growth emerges bright golden yellow and holds the color throughout the growing season before gradually fading in autumn. Older foliage provides a dark green contrast, drawing attention to the thread-like golden new growth. The graceful mounding habit creates a waterfall-like effect and looks lovely when combined with boulders and in rockeries.

Where: “Filifera Aurea Nana” grows best in full sun but tolerates light to open shade. It adapts to a variety of soils, from sandy sites to clay, provided the location is well-drained.

Size: It grows to 4 feet high by 4 feet wide in 10 years — double that at maturity.

Care: Once established it is very drought tolerant, requiring little to no summer watering even during prolonged droughts. It requires very little pruning and heavy pruning can ruin its unique appearance. Only prune to remove dead, broken or poorly formed branches.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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