A fluffy puff for your fairies

A while back I mentioned a little boy that behaved as if he was playing with fairies in my garden. Now, I’m not one to judge one way or the other on this kind of topic – just because I have not personally seen or experienced something, does not mean that it doesn’t exist. After all, there are quite a few people making miniature gardens these days, specifically for the fairies in their gardens. If one were to search the WEB, one would discover a surprising number of sites devoted to the existence of the whimsical little creatures. So, I suppose I should not have been surprised when I dropped in on my friends at Iseli Nursery earlier this week, and discovered that they had just decided on an interesting name for a delightful new little conifer with fluffy white foliage and a puffy growing habit.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Fairy Puff'

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Fairy Puff’ looks like it would be perfectly suited to entice the fairies into any small garden. This new cultivar was discovered growing as a sport on Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘White Pygmy’ (which is a wonderful miniature conifer itself). ‘White Pygmy’ grows very slowly in a mounding shape with tiny, adult, scale-like foliage, of light green that is tipped with buttery yellow-white. When grown in shade, the light colored variegation is almost pure white, but in more sun, it tends to move toward a yellowish color.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'White Pygmy'
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘White Pygmy’ has tiny, tight, scale-like foliage which is typically called, “adult foliage.”

‘Fairy Puff’ is a fluffy puff of white tipped, very light green juvenile foliage giving the plant a very soft texture, both visually and to the touch. This tiny plant is reported to prefer a light shearing to promote a tighter form as it does seem to grow a little more open than ‘White Pygmy’. The light shearing will also encourage lots of new juvenile foliage since, as ‘Fairy Puff’ matures, it will begin to make a transition into adult foliage, yet it will retain its near pure white variegation.

Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Fairy Puff'
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Fairy Puff’ has soft, fluffy, juvenile foliage. Notice how its tiny scales are turning outward and resemble miniature blades.

I’m fairly confident that this cute little puff of fluffy foliage will draw the fairies in your garden to visit and take a rest on its inviting, clean, soft foliage. Watch for this new temptation to begin to make its presence known at your favorite miniature garden supplier and premium independently owned garden centers.

Conifer Lover

5 thoughts on “A fluffy puff for your fairies

  1. oh, I want this one too..i have white pygmy in a container and it is my favorite…well, all of mine are my favorites….i went to islis site but could not find fairy puff listed…..i want to give my local nursery my list for spring…..also Besty rose is beautiful but no one can get it….this is all very disppointing..i have a great local nursery and the fella there called a couple of times for me but, no Betsy rose…fairy puff will probably be the same as it is not listed that i could find…..


    1. Hi Mary – ‘Fairy Puff’ is so new, I’ll bet they just haven’t gotten it on their website yet (they do tend to focus on growing these cool plants). :^)

      You might want to be sure you are asking your supplier for the correct plant. I believe you are seeking Tsuga canadensis ‘Betty Rose’ rather than, “Betsy rose”. On the other hand, I do know that ‘Betty Rose’ is a challenge to propagate and is very slow growing, so I expect that it is in very short supply. The earlier you can make your special order with your local supplier, and the earlier they get their order in, I would presume would be the better!


      1. thank you Ed….i will give him my list in a week or so….he puts it in in august sometime i think…i am not giving up…and thank you for the name correction…i am giving him excerpts from the site this time(printed out) to make sure…my dogs name is betsy so that’s where i got that i think…these blogs of yours are just awesome !!


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