Tsukumo Sawara Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Tsukumo') Pre-Bonsai Tree - 4 Inch

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Species Name: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Tsukumo'
Common Name: Tsukumo Sawara Cypress or Pygmy Tsukumo or Pygmaea Tsukomo
Estimated Age: About 2 to 3 Years
Average Height: About 3 to 5 Inches
Average Trunk Size: Up to 1/5 Inch
Pot Size: 4 Inch

Care Difficulty: Easy

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: USDA Zone 4-8 [Click here to check what zone you're in!]
Light Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade (Does better in a little bit of shade)
Type: Evergreen
Growth Speed: Ridiculously Slow (About 1 to 3 Inches in A Year)
Growth Pattern: Bushy Dome, Spreading
Special Attribute: Miniature/Dwarf-Like - Can Easily Stay Small in Size


One of the top picks for the smaller sizes of bonsai cultivation, the Tsukumo Sawara Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Tsukumo’) is a rounded bun-like bushy cultivar that almost doubles as a mossy living rock in its appearance. It has dense, finely textured green foliage that sticks around year-round as an evergreen. Older foliage is a darker green compared to its forest green colored newer growths. 

It grows so slowly that it won’t outsize a little pot too quickly over time. It only grows about 1 - 3 inches per year; making this choice one of our slowest bonsai choices ever! Their tight cushion-like shape, which is very hardy, tough, and resilient, gets wider than tall in its overall natural growth. Occasionally, short feathery plumes will sprout out among the fine foliage, adding character and extra dimension. You can leave them be for some fun flair or you can simply remove them to maintain the most compact, tiny mound form.

Oddly, Joel Spingarn of Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA is credited with this cultivar's origin in 1967. It most likely originated well before that in Japan and Spingarn imported the first plants to the west. Occasionally, one will see this plant listed under the cultivar names, 'Pygmy' or 'Pygmaea Tsukomo.' This species is registered in the American Conifer Society's (ACS) database.

This pre-bonsai tree's small size makes it great for use as a starter pre-bonsai or shohin & mame bonsai shapes. It also makes for a wonderful miniature plant choice for fairy gardens, terrariums, etc. It will come in a 4 inch nursery growing plastic pot.


Price: Product $20.00 + USPS Priority Mail 4 Inch Pot Bonsai Tree Shipping & Handling $16.95 = $36.95 Total


Possible Shipping Delay Notice:
Please note that all smaller-sized bonsai trees such as this product are MORE SENSITIVE to temperature changes than their older & more mature individuals of the same species. They are currently being grown in a USDA Zone 10B outdoor plant nursery in Southern California that's very warm & temperate year-round. With this in mind, please note that we may delay shipping out your live bonsai tree to ensure that it's healthy when you receive it in your hands. We shall provide updates via email on the status of your order's delivery.


The following pictures are general images of each species. Each tree looks slightly different due to the shape, trimming and season of the year. If you want a particular tree as exactly pictured, please go to our eBay store.
House of Bonsai reserves the right to delay on shipping any live plant order by several days to a few weeks; in order to attempt to decrease the high risk of major shipping related stress that may shock the plants during extreme weather conditions (too hot or cold). If we are purposely delaying your order because of this, we will notify you via email. Before you submit an order, please be mindful of your local weather and time of year. If there is major damage (ex: plant is dead or many branches are broken), please contact your third party shipping carrier (ex: USPS, FedEx, UPS) to submit an insurance claim with them as we are not able to assist with that matter. The fault is with the third party shipping carrier for such damage since it happened out of our hands. We are not responsible for any damages after the order leaves our facility since they were out of our control. If the bonsai tree is still alive but weakened due to shock (leaves are yellow-brownish or leaves have fallen off) then we are happy to assist in proving post-delivery plant shock care instructions via email to revive the plant. Please notify us by email of the issue within 48 hours upon receiving the order in hand. Please email us at houseofbonsai@gmail.com with your Order # and the keywords "Shock After Delivery" in the title so we can assist ASAP. For further details, please read our full "Shipping, Return & Cancellation Policy" under Our Policies in our top menu.