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Sawara False Cypress, Boulevard Cypress, Blue Moss Cypress 'Boulevard'

Chamaecyparis pisifera

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)




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:




Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Water Mill, New York

Beaufort, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.