Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera 'Golden Mop'

Golden Mop Threadleaf False Cypress

Evergreen Conifer, Shrub

Mounding grower with bright yellow thread-like branches. It gets its best golden color with plenty of sun, but will still shine brightly in light shade. Best with afternoon shade from hot summer sun. They're cold tolerant and will thrive in a wide range of conditions and is drought tolerant once established. This is a relatively compact conifer that reaches only 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide, although it will continue to grow slowly and will get larger with time. A smaller, but virtually interchangeable alternate to Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Vintage Gold' from a design standpoint, just remember to adjust the spacing between the plants.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional


Size: 30 - 42 tall x 42 - 54 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attractive Foliage, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Yellow / Gold, Yellow

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Container, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deer Resistant, Once-a-Year Maintenance
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos