Soft Serve® False Cypress

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Exciting Compact Conifer Soft Serve False Cypress

  • Graceful, Soft, Fern Like Branches
  • Low Maintenance
  • Compact Conical Conifer
  • Fall and Winter Visual Interest
  • Great for Hedges
  • Perfect Container Plant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Salt Tolerant for Roadside Use

For a lovely, soft look all year long, try Soft Serve False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Dow Whiting' PP#20883). Use it in your landscaped beds or in containers. The leaves are bright green on top and flecked with silver blue in full sun.

This improvedselection of False Cypress showcases itsgrace and beauty in a compact size. But the lush, conicalshape of this Proven Winner plant is the perfect size for use as a specimen or to create an easy care hedge.

It features the typical soft fern-like branches of the False Cypress with a rich, bright green foliage and a silver blue underside that gives it a shimmer in the breeze. The very uniform pyramidal shape and dwarf size of Soft Serve make it a perfect choice for many landscape applications, both formal and informal.

Like a Dwarf Alberta Spruce, this is a pyramid shaped plant. But Soft Serve has a looser, less formal look with an airier texture. This slow grower has a top height of 10 feet and takes on its wonderful shape with no extra work on your part.

You'll love the performance of this hard-working, beautiful evergreen. Order today!

How to Use Soft Serve False Cypress in the Landscape

There are so many effective ways to use an easy-breezyevergreen pyramid throughout your landscape.

Try a single specimen tree near a staircase behind large decorative pots for a well-grounded seasonal container garden display. Or, use them to create a beautiful moment of transition from a side yard into a back yard.

Create an anchor in a long perennial border or garden bed with a series of 3, 5, 7 or 9 of them, planted in a gentle zig-zag. They'll create a wonderfully soft backdrop for upright shrub roses or hydrangeas.

They would become a prized specimen in a collection of other dwarf evergreens, like the Bird's Nest Spruce, or Baker's Colorado Blue Spruce. Soft Serve's upright habit and texture would add dimension, and present beautifully with other rare and unusual conifers.

Also consider using this plant to create a solid screen to block unwanted views. If you need an 8 to 10-foot, low maintenance hedge, plant Soft Serve measuring 3-feet from trunk to trunk. For a head's start on a hedge, be sure to buy the largest plant size we have on hand.

If you plant this small tree in a large decorative container, you'll gain year-round appeal for years of enjoyment. Use two containers for a sentinel display at your front door.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Select your location so it has protection from harsh winter sun and winds. Soft Serve Cypress is a good plant for cooler coastal ranges and eastern slopes in the hotter, dryer climates. Watch the water in the summer and grow this plant on the moist side.

This compact selection requires little or no pruning, but minimal pruning can be done in summer if desired to maintain it as a hedge.

Soft Serve is extremely adaptable, but prefers moist, well-drained soils with a pH of 5.5 to 6. Prepare your location with an acid planting mix if the pH is high. Amend your planting soil with about 25% Dr. Earths Acid Lovers Planting Mix and fertilize 4 times a year with Dr. Earths Acid Lovers Organic and Natural acid Fertilizer to maintain lower pH.

Once it's planted, water it in well, then place mulch to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Spread the mulch out in a circle 3 feet around the trunk to keep roots cool and to cut down on surface moisture evaporation. Please, don't let the mulch touch the trunk itself!

Live in a deer area? Soft Serve is known to be deer resistant. It's always best to spray Deer Repellent the day you plant anything in "deer country".

Love birds? You'll be thrilled the way songbirds and quail flock to Soft Serve False Cypress as a winter shelter.

What a gorgeous small tree! You'll appreciate it's beauty year round. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Soft Serve® False Cypress Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Chamaecyparis SOFT SERVE 'Dow Whiting'
Mature Height 6 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Flower Color Bright Green
Foliage Bright Green
Pollinator Friendly No