The Night Light Chamaecyparis from the Southern Living Plant Collection makes a brilliant evergreen statement in any landscape! Bright yellow-green foliage is a true eye-catcher and will add a unique lemony twist to your garden. This shrub is perfect for anyone looking for a plant that will separate their yard from the pack.
Furthermore, fans of low-maintenance gardening will appreciate the Night Light’s naturally dense, rounded growth habit. With time and without pruning, the Night Light Chamaecyparis can reach upwards of fifteen feet tall. However, this is not a common size. This Chamaecyparis is easily maintained at a mature 4-5′ tall x 4-5′ wide due to its slow growth habit. For a dwarf, low-growing alternative to Night Light, try Gold Mop False Cypress.
Looking for seasonal interest? The cold winds of winter see the Night Light’s foliage turning to a regal bronze. This is a perfect accent for the muted colors of the season. Once spring returns, this dynamic shrub will provide plenty of gorgeous new golden foliage to go around. We recommend mixing the Night Light with striking red or orange plants for a bold contrast, such as the Orange Rocket Barberry or the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea.
The Night Light Chamaecyparis is a False Cypress, which, as the name implies, is not a true cypress. However, False Cypress belongs to the Cypress family. The name Chamaecyparis roughly translates to ‘ground cypress’ and refers to their tendency to be low-growing compared to other cypress varieties. Another frequently used name is ‘Hinoki Cypress.’
The Night Light Hinoki Cypress grows in USDA Zones: 5-8.
Plant this Chamaecyparis in rich, well-draining soil for best results. Additionally, avoid poor draining planting locations. Standing water from slow-draining soil will lead to root rot and the expiration of your plant.
We recommend providing supplementary watering for your new plant regularly during the first growing season to ensure that it establishes deep roots. Check frequently to ensure that it isn’t getting too much or too little water.
The Night Light Chamaecyparis prefers Full Sun, with Partial Sun being acceptable in most zones as well.
Plant your Night Light Chamaecyparis 3 feet apart for seamless golden foliage. Space them 5+ feet apart to leave open space between mature plants.