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

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaecyparis (kam-ee-SIP-a-riss) (Info)
Species: pisifera (pee-SEE-fer-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Filifera Golden Mop
Additional cultivar information: (aka Gold Mop, Golden Mops, Mops)

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ears4seven On Jul 16, 2010, ears4seven from Atlanta, GA wrote:

This will be our second Golden Mop. The first is about 5 1/2 ft. and doing very
well. I will be planting the second tomorrow . full sun, rather clayish, shale
earth. Fairly good water. I will be adding good soil to the new hole and
mulching heavily. The first one is in an area of several evergreens, ground cover and 8tf tall greens. It is definitely a slow grower.

Positive Lakeside3 On Dec 15, 2008, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

Planted eight mops in fall 2007, full sun, zone 8, southwest of garden, they have florished with very little care, other then spring cleaning to prune and remove any brown die back. During spring and summer the color is golden, then as the cooler tempurtures arrive in late fall then winter approaches the color intensifies as these photos will reveal.

Positive HoosierGreen On Nov 23, 2007, HoosierGreen from Danville, IN wrote:

This is one of my favorite golden-colored evergreen. While most labels say 'Gold Mop' stays under 3', it will grow larger over time unless occasionally pruned (easy...just cut off any growth that rises above the height you want). Mine tend to broaden out as they age. Excellent winter color here in Central Indiana, very little browning, if any unless we have dry, windy winter conditions. Great combined with globe blue spruce and dwarf red barberries like 'Bagatelle'.

Positive ppatnaude On Mar 5, 2006, ppatnaude from Amherst, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have seen this planted at a bulding entrance on campus, it is nice to see the color in the winter. This being the second year after planting on the South side where it is dry all seems to be going strong.

Neutral palmbob On Apr 6, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

smaller cultivar of Japanese Sawara Cypress that only grows to about 10' and has long, drooping golden branches, that I suppose could look like a wet mop. The regular form of this species grows up to 150' tall in Japan, so this is a very dwarfed form. Pretty slow growing, too.


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

Buchanan, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Danville, Indiana
Sumner, Maine
Pikesville, Maryland
Amherst, Massachusetts
Dracut, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Fort Jennings, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Arlington, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington

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