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Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'FARROWCGMS'

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Soft Serve Gold Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'FARROWCGMS') at Frisella Nursery

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress

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Soft Serve Gold Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'FARROWCGMS') at Frisella Nursery

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress foliage

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Japanese Falsecypress, Sawara Falsecypress

Brand:  Proven Winners


This beauty features interesting, bright golden foliage, adding year round color to the landscape; slow growing and densely pyramidal in habit, perfect as a formal accent; excellent for borders and screening

Ornamental Features

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive gold foliage with hints of green which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

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.

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Soft Serve® Gold Falsecypress will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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