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Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Plants of merit: Chamaecyparis pisifera

  • Snow False Cypress is aptly named as its white-tipped fronds appear to be snow-dusted.

    Sandra Schumacher

    Snow False Cypress is aptly named as its white-tipped fronds appear to be snow-dusted.

WHAT: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Snow': Botanical names such as this make us appreciate the availability of common names.
Snow False Cypress is easily remembered and aptly describes this white-tipped, blue-green knockout.
All the beauty of snow touched leaves without the hassle, it creates that coveted winterland look in the garden. In contrast, the bark is a reddish brown color.
Snow is native to southern Japan and grows beautifully in a large pot as well as in the garden.
Good drainage is vital to its health no matter which planting option is chosen.
SUN OR SHADE: Part shade produces the white tips while full sun would turn the needles blue-green.
SIZE: A mature shrub will reach 6 feet by 6 feet, but it is a very slow growing plant, putting on a mere 2- to 4-inches per year. This should be kept in mind when purchasing.
SEE IT: At the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens; 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; for more information see www.evergreenarboretum.com and take a virtual photo
tour. 425-257-8597.
Source: Sandra Schumacher
Story tags » Gardening

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