Sawara Cypress

Sawara Cypress – Chamaecyparis pisifera

Sawara CypressThese Sawara Cypress at the Morton Arboretum are 80 years old [1]

Family CupressaceaeRedwood, Cypress, Juniper, Arborvitae

Sawara Cypress Foliage

Sawara Cypress is native to Japan, where it is grown for timber used in building construction, and is highly valued as an ornamental or specimen tree in parks and gardens.

Sawara Cypress is a slow-growing coniferous tree. The bark is red-brown, vertically fissured and stringy.

The foliage is arranged in flat sprays; adult leaves are scale-like, 2 mm long, with pointed tips, green above, green below with a white stomatal band at the base of each scale-leaf.

Sawara Cypress barkSawara Cypress, Morton Arboretum acc. 745-27-4, photos by Bruce Marlin