Chamaecyparis pisifera

Common Names: Sawara cypress, false cypress
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Cypress

It is a slow-growing coniferous tree growing to 35 to 50 m tall with a trunk up to 2 m in diameter. The bark is red-brown, vertically fissured and with a stringy texture. The foliage is arranged in flat sprays; adult leaves are scale-like, 1.5 to 2 mm long, with pointed tips, green above, green below with a white stomatal band at the base of each scale-leaf; they are arranged in opposite decussate pairs on the shoots. The juvenile leaves, found on young seedlings, are needle-like, 4 to 8 mm long, soft and glaucous bluish-green. The cones are globose, 4 to 8 mm diameter, with 6 to 10 scales arranged in opposite pairs, maturing in autumn about 7 to 8 months after pollination.

Native to central and southern Japan. It is not native to Connecticut, however it can be found in parks and in landscaping as an ornamental tree.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.