Trees - Cedar

Calocedrus decurrens
incense cedar

most Cedars like moderate to slightly heaver water, full to moderate sun



Chamaecyparis lawsoniana - Port Orford Cedar or Lawson Cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Forsteckensis' - Port Orford Cedar

port orford cedar forsteckensis

A dwarf form of Port Orford Cedar. Plant is flat, globose, dwarf with short stems of blocked-like foliage of gray-green leaves. Originated in 1904 in a nursery at Forsteck, Kiel, Germany. Full Sun, Height x spread in 10 years: 6 inches by 14 inches, Zone 5

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Pygmy' - Port Orford Cedar

Its needles are silvery-green, adding a darker blue-green hue in winter. It is upright & somewhat narrow in youth, but will mound outward as it ages, though it could be minimally pruned to preserve the upright narrower form that makes it appear truly to be a giant conifer in miniature.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Pillar' - Port Orford Cedar

chamaecyparis lawsoniana ellwoods pillar 

A dwarf columular of Port Orford Cedar. This may have been a sport off of "Ellwoodii". Color of juvenile foliage is blue-gray. Very compact, not loose. Most of the time you cannot distinguish individual branches. Grows 2-4 inches per year. Full sun. Height x spread in 10 years: 6 foot by 1.5 foot. Zone 5. 

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood's Nymph' - Port Orford Cedar

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ellwoods nymph 

A miniature form of Port Orford Cedar. Leaves are juvenile and gray-green. Plant is upright and conical. May not get over 2 feet its entire lifetime. Originally introduced as 'MacPenny's Gnome' in England. Full sun. Height x spread in 10 years: 1 ft x 6 inches. Zone 5.

Chamaecyparis obtusa
Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Dainty Doll'
'Dainty Doll' False Cypress

Dainty Doll

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'JR' or 'J.R.'
Dwarf Golden Hinoki Cypress 

This variety was introduced to miniature gardening in 1960. Its cultivar name consists of the initials for Joe Reis, a famed Long Island bonsai artist who developed it from a seedling mutation. It has nevertheless come often to be pronounced "Junior" because of the size. Though slightly pointed & bun-shaped in youth, it can grow almost as much as two inches a year in width while gaining only about one inch a year in height. At ten years of age 'JR' is usually no more than a foot tall but can be 18 to 22 inches wide, flattening & broadening with age.

Plumosa Compressa

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'nana gracilis' or 'Nana Rigida'
Dwarf Hinoki False Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'nana lutea'
Dwarf Golden Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa "Kosteri"
Hinoki Cypress / Hinoki Falsecypress


Chamaecyparis Pisifera
Japanese False Cypress

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cream Ball'
Cream Ball Sawara False Cypress

The "Cream" comes from the fact that the foliage tips are the palest yellow-green that sometimes fades to white. Chamaecyparis pisifera means "Ground-Growing Cypress which is Bearing Peas," referring to its tiny cones that many of the cultivars never produce.
Sawara cultivars tolerate some shade but most would prefer full sun. They need moist acidic soil & may die in alkaline soil. They're somewhat drought hardy when established, some will prove very drought hardy, though they need to be on a better watering schedule than dwarf junipers require & if a really droughty location is selected, junipers are a better choice than false cypress.


Chamaecyparis Pisifera "boulevard"
Boulevard Sawara Cypress / Japanese False Cypress

silvery blue, great bark, needs a few hours of direct sunlight


Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Mops' / 'Golden Mop'
"Mops"/"Golden Mop" Sawara False Cypress

'Mops' has threadlike yellow evergreen branches, could reach three feet tall


Chamaecyparis Pisifera "nana"
Sawara Cypress / Japanese False Cypress


Chamaecyparis Pisifera "plumosa"
Plumosa Sawara Cypress / Japanese False Cypress


Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Plumosa Compressa' 
Sawara False Cypress

a yellow-green shrub two to three feet tall


Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sungold'
Sungold Sawara cypress / Japanese False Cypress

mounding green foliage, at present less than two feet tall, but could someday be eight feet tall & more than ten feet wide

Chamaecyparis thyoides
False white Cedar

Chamaecyparis thyoides ericoides
'Eric' - Atlantic / Eastern White Cedar


Chamaecyparis thyoides Andlensis- 'Little Jamie
"Little Jamie" False white Cedar

This evergreen is pyramidal shaped with narrow bark that has platelike ridges. Foliage is light green to bluish green, turning bronzy in winter. Scalelike leaves are opposite. Full sun. Zones 4-8.


Little Jamie



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