The Golden threadleaf false or sawara cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera aurea’) is a cultivar of the Threadleaf sawara cypress. It has tightly compressed, golden yellow, thread-like rounded needles wrapped around pendulous branchlets. See also description of the Threadleaf false cypress.
Common name: Golden Thread Leaf False Cypress
Scientific Name (order and family): Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘filifera aurea’ (Cupressaceae, Cupressales)
Species Native Origin: Japan
Habit: 50 -70’ tall; 10 – 20’ wide, broadly conical –pyramidal with a loose open habit and numerous branchlets thickly covered with slender feathery sprays; Streambanks in mountains. Zone 4 – 8.
Trunk/Stem: Bark red brown, peeling in thin strips.
Leaves: Evergreen, scale-like. Leaves very small with free, pointed tips, glossy yellow-green above with conspicuous white marks beneath in flattened aromatic sprays. Leaves at side of shoots slightly larger than those above and below.
Flowers: Monoecious. Male flowers brownish; female lfower pale brown in small clusters at the tip s of the shoots in spring.
Fruits and seeds: Fruit, a rounded-cone, like a soccer ball, 1/6 – 1/4” wide matures from green to brown. It appears as a clustered crowd on a short stalk. Scales 6 -10, yellowish brown, soft woody; upper side wrinkled, the middle is depressed with a small mucro at the depression. Seeds 1 – 2 ovoid and bulbous on both sides, glandular, wing broad, membranous, notched above and below.