Sungold False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Sungold’)

Sungold False Cypress

  • Brilliant Lime Green Foliage
  • Low and Compact Growth Habit
  • Full Sun For Best Coloring
  • Tolerates Light Shade
  • Deer Resistant
  • Incredible Japanese Garden Accent
  • Great Foundation Plant
  • Easy to Care For
  • Uniquely Textured Branches

While some need endless amounts of time in the sun to get that coveted “sun-soaked golden” appearance, Sungold False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Sungold’) needs no such accommodations. It’s got that shade locked in naturally!

Gardeners ranging from novice to expert often find themselves with pretty monocolored shrub varieties. That deep green is just such a staple, especially with evergreen shrubs. Try mixing it up by planting a Sungold.

Sungold False Cypress is a rather slow-growing shrub that takes on a broad pyramidal shape. Its branches are an absolutely stunning shade of almost lime green!

Not only is the color something to behold, but the branches also grow distinct-looking thread-like foliage. The texture this gives Sungold is unparalleled.

We know what you’re thinking. Every shrub this shade of green fades eventually over the summer and that’s one of the things that makes this evergreen so unique. It’ll hold that sun-soaked green color all summer long!

How to Use Sungold False Cypress in the Landscape

here’s no such thing as a wrong way to use this false cypress! Of course, that leaves a lot of options on the table. We’ll lay out a few just so you aren’t too overwhelmed.

Imagine a border made up of this lime green shrub! It’s lower to the ground form means you can have a border without feeling like the hedge is overbearing or taking over the garden!

If you’re wanting to spunk it up a little bit, try pairing your Sungold with a darker shrub like a Boxwood or a Viburnum! The color contrast is sure to catch the eye.

Use this finely textured evergreen in your island plantings or rock gardens. It looks quite well placed against rocks or grass, it’s truly a versatile little plant!

Do you have a portion of siding against your house that could use some cover? How about an air conditioner or garden hose? Use Sungold as a foundation plant to take that area from drab to fab!

Cottage gardens are another perfect place to plant a Sungold False Cypress. Its fascinating texture blends in well with the quirky kind of pretty that cottage gardens often have.

Tips for Care

No matter how many Sungold False Cypress you add to your landscape the ease of which you can care for it will have you wishing you had gotten more. If you want the ultimate plant it and forget about it shrub, look no further.

Simply plant your evergreen shrub in full sun for the best and brightest color. However, this versatile and adaptable specimen can also handle part shade. Think of all the possibilities!

Make sure to also check the soil. Like most plants, Sungold appreciates well-drained soils. Water regularly until the root systems are established. You might consider adding a layer of mulch starting one inch from the base of the plant.

Mulch will keep the plant cooler in the summer months and help conserve water. Once the plant is established though, it is rather drought-tolerant.

Sungold won’t need much pruning but if you find yourself wanting to give it a light trim, do so in the early spring with a sharp pair of shears.

One thing you certainly won’t have to worry about when picking your perfect planting spot is deer. This specimen is known to be quite deer-resistant!

Sungold False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Sungold’) Details

Common name Sungold False Cypress
Botanical name Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sungold'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 5 - 6 ft.
Width 6 - 8 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring