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Cypress shrubs are garden stand-outs when used singly as specimen plants or when planted as accents in a mixed border. Gold or yellow varieties are stunning when foiled by dark red or purple foliage.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Mop' (also called 'Golden Mop') is a false cypress, a group of attractive evergreen conifers. Gold Mop's compact, mounding habit combined with its striking yellow needles have made it a landscape favorite.
This type prefers acid soil. Expect it to grow 3 feet tall and just a bit wider in USDA zones 4-8.
The Siberian cypress (Microbiota decussatta 'Celtic Pride') is an evergreen dwarf suitable for planting in the coldest zones. This 3 foot high by 5 foot wide green mound turns reddish brown for the winter in zones 2-7.
The species (M. decussatta) is called Russian cypress. This prostrate cypress shrub is a deer resistant ground cover best suited to moist locations which enjoy part day shade. Its soft, bright green foliage darkens as winter approaches.
It will slowly spread to blanket six feet of ground in zones 2-6.
The bald cypress belongs to the small genus of deciduous trees known as Taxodium. This adaptable group is native to the South Eastern U.S. and Mexico. Renowned for their ability to thrive in soggy soil, common bald cypress trees (T. distichum) are sometimes called swamp cypress.
Popular for its strongly upright growth and its graceful apple green leaves which turn bronze in autumn, the species is the type most often planted. It is the best tree on this page for planting in damp soil but will adapt very nicely to anything except very dry soil.
This the the tree responsible for the protruding "Cypress Knees" in Florida swamps and rivers. Grows 50-75 feet tall in zones 4-10.
Taxodium distichum 'Cascade Falls' is a smaller but even more striking specimen plant.
The weeping trees are always my personal favorites. Something about all that cascading foliage is hard to resist!
The grass green needles of this cultivar turn brown as winter approaches. After they have dropped, the brooding branch structure of this tree brings drama to the winter garden.
Can reach 20 feet if trained to grow upright--just a foot or two if trained as an unusual ground cover.
Deer resistant Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tempelhof' Hinoki false cypress grows vigorously into a 10 foot pillar. This variety's foliage is glossy and flat. It provides dense cover for the branches which twist downward at the tips creating the interesting texture this plant is prized for.
Hinoki cypress shrubs prefer neutral soil in zones 4-8. A preferred variety for Midwest gardens.
Soft Serve (C. pisifera 'Dow Whiting') brings a different texture and much slower growth to the table. In most gardens it will reach 6-10 feet in height and spread while flashing its beautiful blue leaf reverses with every breeze. Recommended for zones 5-7.
Any of the cypress shrubs and trees on this page are suitable for growing as outdoor bonsai.
Chamaecyparis bonsai may also be kept indoors if their foliage is frequently misted. A cool, very bright window that can be opened a crack to provide ventilation is the best location for this genus.
Avoid any spot too near the drying heat of a radiator.
Trees of the Taxodium genus will shed their foliage in winter just as their outdoor counterparts do. Keep them cool and dry at this time.
As soon as new spring growth appears, move the tree to a bright, well-ventilated spot and give it plenty of water. Keep the soil nearly moist throughout the growing season.