In the Gardens: Tsukumo False-cypress - Chamaecyparis pisifera Tsukumo

'Tsukumo' is a dwarf evergreen shrub that is very slow-growing and will reach only 10 inches in 10 years. Its form is rounded and flat-topped and grows wider than tall.

False cypress

The origin of the cultivar is not known with certainty, but it most likely originated in Japan well before the mid-20th century. This tree's slow rate of growth and naturally dwarf habit make it a popular subject for bonsai or planting in a rock garden or container.

Next to the pond in the rock garden, this tree was planted 24 years ago.

False cypress with coffee cup

We placed a Beechwood coffee cup next to the tree to show its size.