Japanese Lemon Thread False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Lemon Thread’)

Japanese Lemon Thread False Cypress

Some things are worth the wait! Japanese Lemon Thread False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Lemon Thread’) is one of those things! This slow grower will take 20 years to reach full height and width, but the impact it will make in your garden will be much bigger! Slow growing isn’t a bad thing either – it also means low maintenance!

Lemon Thread is an evergreen shrub that keeps its soft-looking bushy needle-like foliage all year long. It’s not fair to call it an evergreen, though, as its color is truly a striking lemon-lime, emphasis on the lemon! In the dead of winter, Lemon Thread brings a shot of much-needed color to your garden. The soft texture is amazing. The needles look almost like they are dripping off of the plant.

False Cypress is very cold hardy and has an easy-going nature throughout USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8. Tolerant of a wide range of conditions, these provide great texture to your landscape as well as a fantastic color that lasts year-round!

Planting and Application:

The yellow color lights up when you put it next to other evergreens, conifers or even a brick wall. These show-stopping shrubs brighten your home’s foundation when offset with darker shrubs. Line your property with colorful evergreens, either using banks of these lemony bushes or mixed among other shrubs for a patchwork effect!

You’ll achieve massive visual appeal by planting these in large blocks of color and en masse! Use Lemon thread as an accent or in groups to provide color blocks or for privacy and screening. Either way, it is going to be a star in your garden! For a few years, these shrubs won’t mind being planted in a protected, sunny planter or large container to accent your porch or patio.

  • Sunshine Yellow All Year Long
  • Soft Fine Textured Needles
  • Slow Growing Low Maintenance Upright Growth
  • Beds, Hedges, Borders & Foundation
  • Large Containers & En Masse

Tips for Care:

False Cypress grows well in average, well-drained soil in all but the shadiest conditions. For the best yellow color, though, plant it in full sun! Mulch well for insulation and moisture retention and provide moderate moisture throughout the year. Prune rarely, but only in early spring.

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Moderate Moisture
  • Average Well-Drained Soil
  • Mulch Well
  • Low Maintenance – Rarely Needs Pruning

Incredible color rarely seen in evergreens! Japanese Lemon Thread False Cypress is just the bright soft shrub for your landscape for years to come!

Japanese Lemon Thread False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Lemon Thread’) Details

Common name Japanese Lemon Thread False Cypress
Botanical name Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Lemon Thread'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 3 - 5 ft.
Width 2 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring