Sawara-cedar Cupressaceae Chamaecyparis pisifera Siebold & Zucc. [excluded] Listen to the Latin symbol: CHPI12 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Scale-like, appressed, dark green above, with a white broken pattern beneath, somewhat flattened.
Flower: Species is monoecious; males very small (1/8 inch) elongated cone, green, turning brown; females somewhat larger, round, light green.
Fruit: Round, 1/4 inch in diameter, numerous wrinkled looking scales.
Twig: Covered in dark green scales, later turning brown and scaly.
Bark: Grayish to reddish brown with fibrous, peeling strips, can become somewhat furrowed.
Form: Straight form, narrow, open crown, lower limbs die back with age.

Looks like: Hinoki falsecypress - Atlantic white-cedar - northern white-cedar - Leyland cypress
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Additional Range Information:
Chamaecyparis pisifera is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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