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Gold Mop Cypress (Chamaecyparis)

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About Gold Mop Cypress (Chamaecyparis)

The Gold Mop Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mop’) is one of those modest plants that effortlessly steals the show in just about any landscape or garden. As you might have gathered from the name, it features mop-like golden-yellow foliage that naturally weeps. It has a rounded and mounded growth form that takes on a sort of cloud-like shape over time. Additionally, it’s evergreen so it won’t leave your landscape bare over cold winters.

This slow-growing conifer only reaches 3-4′ H x 3-4′ W at maturity. No pruning required! Therefore, lovers of low-maintenance landscapes will be free to leave their shears in the shed.

There are so many fantastic applications for this plant in the landscape. Use it as an accent, border, container planting, low-hedge, mass-planting, or in a rock garden. Although it’s a natural as an accent or non-focal plant, it also functions very well as a specimen in small gardens.

Gold Mop False Cypress Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 4-8. Therefore, this is a very cold-hardy plant once established.

Golden Mop False Cypress grows best in full sun, 6+ hours a day. Gardeners in the southern U.S. should shield this variety from the afternoon sun, which is particularly intense. Instead, plant it where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade.

Water several times a week as a new planting. Check frequently to ensure that your soil is neither drying or staying soggy. Consequently, this will allow the roots to grow deeper, and pull water that would be normally inaccessible. After the first growing season, you can cut back on supplemental watering.

Plant in well-draining, average-quality garden soil for best results.

Fertilize with a slow-release, high-nitrogen fertilizer every few months starting in spring. This will promote new growth and the overall health of your plant.

How to Plant:

  1. First things first, find a suitable location for your new plant(s) based on the growing specifications listed above.
  2. You’re going to need to dig a hole three times the width of your plant’s root ball. The hole should be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is about even with or slightly above the ground around the hole.
  3. Next, mix the native soil that you removed from the hole with a bag or two of some rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your plant. If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1 to improve drainage and soil aeration.
  4. Fill the hole back up with your soil mixture and gently tamp it down.
  5. Soak the new planting with a hose to settle the soil and plant

Spacing Recommendations

For a seamless planting, space plants 2-3 feet apart from plant center to plant center.  For space between plantings, plant them 5+ feet apart.

Popular Companion Plants for the Gold Mop Chamecypris

It’s difficult to choose just a few good companion plants for the Gold Mop False Cypress. It goes well with many different plants. The Dwarf Alberta Spruce Tree is a great contrast in both color and growth habit. It grows upright with a naturally pyramidal habit and has short, needled leaves. Otherwise, the Oakland Holly fills a similar role in the landscape.

One of our favorite plants to pair it with is the Ultra Violet Buddleia.  The Ultra Violet’s bright purple panicle blooms repeatedly appear throughout the growing season and really pop against the Gold Mop’s bright yellow foliage.

You might also try planting it with the Orange Rocket Barberry. This variety has striking red-orange leaves and upright columnar growth that fits beautifully alongside these False Cypress.

Is an easy maintenance landscape your goal? Check out a few other low-maintenance plants that will make your gardening life easier.

Why Buy Gold Mop Cypress Plants from

We mature this slow-growing selection into its pot before shipping them. Then, we carefully select healthy specimens ready to thrive in your landscape. All of our plants are shipped in pots with soil, never bare-root. We water them, package them securely for shipment in our custom boxes, and then get them on the road to you. If you’re unsatisfied with your order on arrival, just give us a call at 1-866-618-5659 or send us an email at [email protected]. We’ll do whatever we can to make you happy.

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Scientific Name
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Gold Mop'
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Average Size
3-4' H x 3-4' W
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1 review for Gold Mop Cypress (Chamaecyparis)

  1. jlkakaley (verified owner)

    This is the first year I have ordered plants online. I am very impressed with the size of the plants I received and the very careful packaging.

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