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PlantFiles: Sawara False Cypress, Boulevard Cypress, Blue Moss Cypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaecyparis (kam-ee-SIP-a-riss) (Info)
Species: pisifera (pee-SEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Boulevard
Additional cultivar information: (aka Cyano Viridis)

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lakeside3 On Dec 14, 2008, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

I purchased these two Boulevard's at three feet in height, Beginning of 08. They both had some browning, I hand pruned the dead foliage wearing my leather garden gloves, since then they have florished. The soft blue hue held well here in zone 8 facing the southwest of my yard, some shade is provided in the heat of the day. Here are a few pictures taken throughout this year; spring thru winter of 08.

Positive gmary On Aug 19, 2007, gmary from Union, KY wrote:

I am new to gardening and I planted a Blue Moss Cypress in my clay soil about 3 years ago. It is doing wonderful and is my favorite tree in my yard.

Positive JerusalemCherry On Aug 2, 2006, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

My Blue Moss Cypress / Boulevard is kept as a bonsai in Dunellen NJ. I water this plant well, & when it starts to dry I water again. I use Miracle Grow (Miracid) at half strength every two weeks during the growing season.

I find it easy to care for & it survives the cold winters well in NJ, as I keep the plant in an unheated garage during winter months.

You can find this plant at local nurseries in the Northeast area... Home Depot, LOEWS etc etc...

Negative dreyno01 On Aug 18, 2004, dreyno01 from Henryville, IN wrote:

not easy to grow. planted 6 this season.
2 are doing wonderful.
2 have turned bronze. cut them back to stumps, recently checked on the roots and they are growing, but dont know if they will come out of it.
2 are curling on the ends and drying up.
all are planted in well draining soil and are getting plenty of water. have even sprayed for pests.

Positive keepster On Dec 2, 2003, keepster from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Conifer, evergreen tree, to 15-25+ ft, narrow-pyramidal, conical. Needles awl-shaped, curved inward, silvery blue-green in summer and grayish-blue in winter. Interior brown needles often visible. Soft to touch.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Atlanta, Georgia
West Lafayette, Indiana
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Dracut, Massachusetts
Topsfield, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Kingsville, Missouri
Dunellen, New Jersey (2 reports)
Brooklyn, New York
Southold, New York
Syracuse, New York
Beaufort, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Aurora, Oregon
Drums, Pennsylvania
Media, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Evensville, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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