Golden Threadleaf False Cypress Pruning

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I have 4 unplanted bushes that I wanted to plant one on either side of emerald green arborvetae flanking both sides of my home to add balance. The tag on the plants however claim they grow up to 20' tall and 15 feet wide. Can these bushes be controled regarding hieght and width with regular pruning, to a more compact size of about 5' tall and 5' wide? I wanted them to be anchor plants but am afraid they will grow out of control.


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Answer #1 · John Heider's Answer · Michael-The Golden Threadleaf Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea')
can grow to 20' tall and 15' wide in time. They are slow growing and will most likely take 15 or 20 years to reach 10 or 12 feet. They are a relatively low maintenance shrub that need very little pruning other than removing any dieback if any each year. When pruning is necessary to control its size it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season.

There are smaller varieties of the Golden cypress such as the Golden Mop Falsecypress that will grow to 6 feet at matruity and the Golden Hinoke cypress that will reach 10 feet. If you can exchange the plants for a smaller variety you may want to look and see what is available at your local nursery. From what I have seen and read, growing naturally it will most likely take ten years to reach a height of 7 to 10 feet. With some pruning each year you should be able to keep it at a size you desire for quit a few years.

I have noted a Gardenality article regarding pruning conifers you may be interested in. Just click on the link below to go directly to the article.

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/447/How-To-Info/Pruning/How-To-Prune-Coniferous-Evergreens/default.html

Hope this has helped with your decision. - John)



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Answer #2 · Michael Coceano's Answer · Thank you John. As I am meticulous regarding my gardens, and keep up on my pruning, I think I will give these bushes a go. I like the foilage and in fact saw them today in a local garden flanking an emerald green arborvetae. Kind of the vision I have for my home. I am really psyched about the project and will take advantage of the weather and do my planting in the morning. As I kind of like to change things up from time to time, if they eventually get too big, I will replace them.
This is a great site, I am glad I became a member. I will send a picture of the completed work when I am done.
Thanks again for taking the time to answer my question and the informative article.
Regards,
Mike Coceano)


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John Heider

John Heider · Gardenality Genius · Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F
You are very welcome. With the smaller yard now I too like to tear out and change gardens every few years. Yes, do post some or your garden pictures. You can go to My Gardens tab above and build your virtual garden or post your pictures of existing gardens. I use this tool to keep a running tab of all the plants in my garden and pictures of their changes throughout the seasons. Take care

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