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Chamaecyparis pisifera “Boulevard” glows blue in the landscape.

This Boulevard Cypress has been under refinement for about three years. It was bought by a friend last year, and this week I got to do the final touches on the styling. This tree is about thirteen years in cultivation, and now shows the incredibly rich reddish-brown smooth bark of the mature species at its base, and interesting nebari at the soil line. Originally a topiary specimen, it has received new character and dynamic structure and movement from severely reducing the foliage and “clouds” at the ends of the winding branches. A younger tree would give growth closer to the trunk, but this approach has its own majestic profile and the touchably soft character of the species.