Holiday - King's Gold CypressChamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold'
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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold'
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A true treasure trove, the King’s Gold Cypress is a gorgeous rounded evergreen bush everyone loves. Look closely and see the slender thread-like stems of tiny golden leaves. Stand back and see the graceful rounded form that grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide in time. It’s a perfect accent in a sunny bed or tucked among boulders and gravel with other evergreens. Perfect in pots and planter boxes as well, cash in on the beauty of this richly-colored plant that is so easy to grow.
<li>Slender stems of rich gold leaves</li>
<li>Attractive rounded form</li>
<li>Stays golden all year without greening or browning</li>
<li>Great plant for pots and planters</li>
<li>Very hardy and easy to grow anywhere</li>
Choose a sunny spot for the King’s Gold Cypress and it will be perfectly happy. Give it well-drained soil of any kind, and water while young. Once established it is drought tolerant, and it doesn’t need fussy trimming to keep it neat and rounded – it does that best left to itself. You won’t see it bothered by pests or diseases, but you will see it thrive in almost any garden, even in zone 4.
Silver Threads and Golden Needles sure sounds right for the Holidays, and the King’s Gold Cypress certainly has golden needles that do form fascinating golden threads – a rich and intriguing combination that makes for a fabulous evergreen bush. This beauty is a stand-out specimen plant for any garden, and it looks great in a pot or planter box as well. It can even be trained into a bonsai. For anyone who loves the world of evergreens it’s sure to be exactly the right choice. This treasure trove of golden beauty stays gold all year round, and it’s tough and reliable enough to grow everywhere, hot or cold. It’s easy to grow too, so it doesn’t matter the color of their thumb. What matters is how thoughtful and appropriate this mound of golden thread-like branches is, for family, friends, or yourself. Your garden wants to celebrate the holidays too, so why not?
The King’s Gold Cypress is a rounded conifer evergreen, growing steadily to about 3 feet tall and wide, and in time possibly double that. It stays dense and full, with spreading branches ending in narrow, thread-like shoots that arch over and hang down, creating a soft, mounding look. Those stems keep their rich golden-yellow coloring all year round, with no greening or browning in summer or winter. It draws your eye from anywhere across the garden, and it looks great tucked among green bushes, making an exciting focal point. It looks good too among rocks, boulders and gravel, or on the terraces of a retaining wall. It is small enough to live for many, many years in a pot or planter, and it’s a popular plant to turn into a bonsai of any size. It is a unique selection of the Sawara cypress, Chamaecyparis pisifera, a tree that is found wild as a tall forest tree on the islands of Japan. Some plants develop unique foliage and are called ‘threadleaf cypress’ – the variety called ‘King’s Gold’ is an outstanding example of that type.
It turns out that the King’s Gold Cypress is very easy to grow, all the way from the harsh winters of zone 4 to the heat of zone 9. It has exceptional resistance to hot and humid conditions, but it takes icy winters too. Grow it in full sun for the strongest color – it won’t scorch like many other golden plants do – and it also grows well in partial shade. It needs no trimming to stay neat and dense. Ordinary garden soil is fine, and a little water during long dry spells is all it takes to grow this trouble-free plant to perfection – ‘Low-maintenance’ is the key word.
We have some of the cutest and best-grown plants of the King’s Gold Cypress we have ever seen. They are perfect for a holiday gift, or just to mark the holidays with a new plant in your garden – make it a Thanksgiving tradition. But order right away, as you know how busy the holidays can get.