- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Height 6 - 10 Feet
- Width 5 - 6 Feet
- Growing Zones 4-8
Cypress is a beloved tree around the world thanks to its graceful lines and stately structure. False Cypress have become a widely sought after landscape addition for similar reasons. Add in the low maintenance and perfect height of the Soft Serve False Cypress and you have a real winner. Look to Soft Serve when you need the perfect ornamental evergreen conifer to add architectural interest to your landscape. The soft branches and shape are similar to a dwarf Alberta Spruce, but will be taller at maturity. The fine texture of Soft Serve is quite lovely, with a bright green hue that’s frosted in a silver-blue on the underside.
Soft Serve has a natural pyramidal shape that can grow up to 10’ tall – perfect when you need a tree that won’t overtake your space. This elegant shape lends itself well to privacy screens, hedges, borders, and as a specimen plant to lend vertical lines and year-round interest. Plus, it’s a hardy conifer that is salt tolerant, deer resistant, and adaptable to a variety of growing conditions in Zones 4a-8a.
Soft Serve® False Cypress Care
While False Cypress is an adaptable plant, it does have preferences. It prefers loamy, well-drained and lime-free soil with medium moisture and a pH between 5.6 - 6.2. Plant your Soft Serve in a location that gets at least four hours of sun per day. Protect it from harsh winter winds and sun if necessary, or plant in a space that is naturally buffeted from these winter elements. Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release fertilizer for best performance. If you are familiar with caring for arborvitae, you will have luck using the same strategies with this False Cypress variety.
The naturally pyramidal growth habit of the Soft Serve False Cypress requires very little to no pruning. Prune once or twice after spring growth if desired. If you’d like to keep your Soft Serve smaller, you can prune in the summer to maintain desired size.
Soft Serve® False Cypress Spacing
The spacing of your False Cypress will depend on your pruning plans and overall landscape goal. If you plan on using it in multiples as a hedge or privacy screen, plant them 72” apart. If you are using it as a specimen plant in a landscape design, give it closer to 120” of space. At maturity, it will have a spread of 60-72”, so keep that in mind as you site your tree.
Soft Serve® False Cypress Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-8|
|Plant Type: Shrub|
|Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun|
|Mature Height: 6 - 10 Feet|
|Mature Width: 5 - 6 Feet|
|Plant Spacing: 6 - 10 Feet|
|Growth Habit: Upright|
|Flower Color(s): Brown|
|Flower Shade: Brown|
|Seasonal Interest: Grown for Foliage|
|Foliage Type: Evergreen|
|Foliage Color(s): Green with Silver Blue|
|Features: Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest|
|Uses: Container Landscape|
|Plant Brand: Proven Winners|
|Botanical/Scientific Name: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Dow Whiting' USPP 20,883|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.