Chamaecyparis in Zone 4?
I was wondering what kind of luck other zone 4 people have had growing Chamaecyparis. A local conifer nursery expert from Stonewall Nursery told me that Chamaecyparis obtusa varieties have a hard time growing here even if they are rated for zone 4 but that the pisifera varieties do better. Has anyone else found this to be true in your experience?
I planted 7 conifers in my front flower beds last fall (Abies lasiocarpa arizonica, Abies koreana, Taxus cuspidata, and multiple Tsuga canadensis) and the Chamaecyparis pisifera 'White Pygmy' is the only one that is struggling. I'm not sure if it is because it is a white tissue plant that may take longer to establish or if it is in too shady of a spot or if Cham. pisifera just don't grow well here. My local nurseries have a lot of new Cham. pisifera in stock and I'd love to pick up some more for some flower beds in the backyard that will get a stronger afternoon sun. I'm looking at:
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Pincushion'
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cream Ball'
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Tsukumo'
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Minima'
Any experience with any of these?