White Pygmy cypress
Latin name: Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘White Pygmy’
Common name: White Pygmy cypress
Plant type: Dwarf conifer
Growth rate: 12″ x 14″ wide
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8
Cultural needs: Sun to part shade, rich soil, moderate water
White Pygmy is one of the smallest dwarf conifers available, usually growing only to a foot tall at full maturity without pruning. The finely textured branches are narrow and almost threadlike. The beauty of this miniature conifer is really in the creamy-white tips that practically glow in shady garden spots. Naturally rounded, it makes a wonderful small-scale foundation planting or border plant. Grown in full sun, the tips tend to be a yellower hue. Other, similar dwarf conifers include Golden Sprite, Snowkist, and Golden Pin Cushion. As with most dwarf cypress, these plants all prefer rich, slightly acidic soil and even moisture levels.