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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa'
Photo Locations: River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC
Needs good drainage. 'Squarrosa', from Latin meaning rough, refers to the scaly leaves which spread outward. Dead brown twigs under foliage can be unsightly.
Has fragrant Bark and Leaf.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Veitchii'
Additional Common Names
MOSS FALSECYPRESS, SQUARROSA CYPRESS
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 25 - 40 feet.
Width: 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Scalelike, Blue Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Brown. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Cone, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Red Brown, Exfoliating or Furrowed.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 6 and 15 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay or Loam Texture.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Spider Mites, Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.
Special Uses & Values
Bonsai or Hedged.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa' Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 19, 2018.
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