Gold mop cypress pruning

Pruning Or Relocating A Gold Mop Cypress

Answer #2 · Gardenality.com’s Answer · Hi Diane,
This is a good question. When planted in groups or nearby other types of plants, the Gold Mop Cypress is often planted too closely to other plants. Most likely, this is because it’s a slow grower that looks small even when purchased in larger size containers, compelling folks to plant them too close together to get that “instant gratification.” Most aren’t aware that this plant can grow 8’+ in height with an almost equal spread over time. So, when they are planted too closely together overcrowding occurs and one ends up having to make the decision to relocate or to prune.
If your Gold Mop Cypress are nearing their mature size and growth rate has slowed considerably you could leave them where they are. To prevent Chamaecyparis and other Cypress Family conifers (including some others with fan-like needles, like Arborvitae and juniper), from getting too big and bulky, you can gently head the branches back occasionally. This means snipping off just some of the ambitious tips where the spray-like flattened needles fork, telling the plant gently to redirect its growth into fullness rather than elongation. NOTE: Never cut back into old wood on a Chamaecyparis or the others mentioned here.
But, from what you’re describing, it sounds like your plants have become seriously overcrowded and are no longer attractive. If so, pruning isn’t going to be the option as these conifers don’t respond well to heavy pruning (removal of more than four to six inches foliage.) As mentioned previously, never cut back into old wood on Gold Mop Cypress or any other Chamaecyparis and other Cypress Family conifers.
Well-established, mature size Chamaecyparis don’t respond well to relocation either. If you want to attempt to move yours, do so in late winter or very early spring, before new growth starts to emerge.
Here’s a link to an article that provides detailed instructions for relocating and transplanting a plant:

Golden Mop False Cypress: Information About Golden Mop Shrubs

Looking for a small low-growing perennial shrub that is a contrast to conventional green conifers? Try growing Golden Mops false cypress shrubs (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’). What is false cypress ‘Golden Mop’? Golden Mop cypress is a ground hugging shrub that looks a lot like a stringy leaved mop with a gorgeous accent color of gold, hence the name.

About False Cypress ‘Golden Mop’

The genus name for Golden Mop cypress, Chamaecyparis, comes from the Greek ‘chamai,’ meaning dwarf or to the ground, and ‘kyparissos,’ meaning cypress tree. The species, pisifera, refers to the Latin word ‘pissum,’ which means pea, and ‘ferre,’ which means to bear, referring to the small round cones this conifer produces.

Golden Mop false cypress is a slow growing, dwarf shrub that only grows to 2-3 feet (.60-.91 m.) tall and the same distance across in the first 10 years. Eventually, as the tree ages, it may grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m.) tall. This plant hails from the family Cupressaceae and is hardy to USDA zones 4-8.

Golden Mop shrubs retain their lovely golden hue throughout the year, making them a contrasting addition to the garden landscape and especially nice during the winter months. Small cones appear in the summer on mature shrubs and ripen to a dark brown.

Sometimes referred to as Japanese false cypress, this particular cultivar and others like it are also called thread-leaf false cypress due to the thread-like, dangling foliage.

Growing Golden Mops

Golden Mop false cypress should be grown in an area of full sun to part shade in most average, well-draining soils. It does prefer moist, fertile soil rather than poorly draining, wet soil.

These false cypress shrubs can be grown in mass plantings, rock gardens, on hillsides, in containers or as standalone specimen plants in the landscape.

Keep the shrub moist, especially until established. Golden Mop false cypress has no serious disease or insect problems. That said, it is susceptible to juniper blight, root rot and some insects.

Why is the ends of my gold mop cypress turning brown.?? In the ground for more than 2 years, very healthy.

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Is My Chamaecyparis Dying?

This time of year, Rolling Green Nursery often hears concerns from customers that their newly planted Chamaecyparis (false cypress) trees or shrubs are dying. The interior of the plants can turn orange or brown giving the appearance that the plant is in decline.

The good news is that there is no need to panic, this is a natural process of plant senesence that can occur in both the springtime and in the fall in certain conifers.

Chamaecyparis (Hinoki cypress) and some other evergreens like Thuja (arborvitae), some pine and spruce, often shed some of their needles to prepare for new growth when the weather warms again in the spring. There may be just a small amount of shedding, or there may be a lagrer amount as some evergreens can go through a major shedding process every three to five years. Most often the browning occurs in the interior, and not on the tips, since that is where the older foliage is located.

Shedding can be a good thing for the tree or shrub in the winter because there will be fewer needles to hold exta snow or ice that may make them more prone to damage.

It is often concerning to homeowners who understand the term ‘evergreen’ to mean that the plant will never go through a dormant stage like a deciduous tree or shrub, but in order to replace older leaves or needles with new ones, the old ones need to be eliminated by the tree or shrub. The actual amount of needle shed on the conifer will vary depending on the type of growing season, including temperature and rainfall, and can sometimes be shockingly sudden.

Some gardeners don’t like the browning look and consider trimming our the dead portions. Pruning is not necessarily advised because you may accidentally prune something that is not replaceable. A mistaken pruning that cuts off an old branch where it will not generate any new growth could leave you with a permanent hole in your tree. If your tree is small enough, once the needles have become totally brown and brittle, you can gently shake your tree to help elimiate much of the brown portion.

If whole sections of your conifer seem to be turning brown, you should look closely at the branches and needles to determine if there is damage, decay or an insect issue, which would possibly require some type of treatment or action. If you are uncertain about the cause of the problem, it is advised to have it checked out by a certified arborist or landscape professional, or feel free to bring a photo into Rolling Green Nursery.

A variety of threadbranch cypress with fine, almost string-like golden foliage all season long, giving an extremely fine texture; a compact variety, ideal for color and texture contrast in the garden.
Ornamental Features
Golden Mop Threadbranch Cypress has attractive yellow foliage which emerges gold in spring. The threadlike leaves are highly ornamental and turn lime green in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Landscape Attributes
Golden Mop Cypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Golden Mop Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Planting & Growing

Golden Mop will grow to be about 5-6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5-6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn’t necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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