Cool Plant: November 24, 2009

Gold Mop False Cypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Mops', 'Gold Mop' or 'Golden Mops'

Species Native Range: Asia
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-8
Mature Size: 3-4 feet tall & wide
Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Soil: Average to dry but well-drained
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Ease of Culture: Easy

Gold mop false cypress is a versatile shrub that can be used in a variety of garden styles and mixes well with many different plants from trees to other shrubs, perennials and annuals. Because of its year round golden foliage, it works well in garden areas where winter interest is desired.

Grow gold mop false cypress in full sun to light shade in soil that is average to dry but well-drained. Amend clay soils at time of planting with organic matter and coarse sand or gravel. Prune only as needed after in the late winter or very early spring. Be careful to maintain their weeping habit or they may end up looking like golden meatballs. Fertilize lightly with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring as new growth appears.

Use gold mops in any style of garden from formal to informal, herb, rose, mixed shrub or with perennials and seasonal annuals. In colder winters, the foliage may become brighter or take on a slightly bronze hue. Shrubs planted in too much shade will lose their golden color and become more green.

Good companion plants include: knockout roses, loropetalums, muhly grass, firepower nandina, early blooming bulbs, winter annuals (pansies, ornamental cabbage/kale) and any number of summer annuals and perennials.

Note: Don't confuse the cultivar 'Gold Mop' with the cultivar 'Sungold' which gets much larger.


You may want to try one of the following local nurseries to see if they have this plant available:

Buck Jones Nursery in Grayson or Woodstock
John Deere Landscapes with multiple locations
Woody's Nursery in Duluth

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