Sawara False Cypress, Boulevard Cypress, Blue Moss Cypress 'Filifera Golden Mop'

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: Filifera Golden Mop
Additional cultivar information:(aka Gold Mop, Golden Mops, Mops)





Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

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This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Parkwood, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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'.


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.


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.