Name: Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop” aka gold mop cypress
Type of Plant: A needled, thread-leaf evergreen…or shall we say ever yellow-green. Hardy in Zones 5 to 7, this kind-of-dwarf shrub ads color to the landscape in all seasons.
Why I love this: Bright yellow-green, shaggy textured foliage that thrives in full sun to part-shade. (Note: the more sun, the more brilliant yellow the foliage.) This plant grows to about five feet high and wide, and does well in most soil types.
Deer tend to leave these shrubs alone (yay!) and they are colorful for twelve months a year.
A Word to the Wise: Many people look at this plant in the nursery and assume that it stays the cute, one foot tall mop of golden foliage that is in the pot. Not so. A “dwarf” evergreen can still grow to 6’ tall or even taller, and this one is known to grow about five feet tall and wide. And when people try to keep it smaller by shearing it annually, they take off the very tread-like foliage that makes the plant interesting to begin with.
Plant Gold Mop, and the even taller growing ‘Gold Thread’ (aka ‘Filifera Aurea’) where they can get at least six feet tall and wide. Expect it.