OK, back in the spring I picked up a Chamaecyparis thyoides, AKA Atlantic white cedar at my local confier nursery. Then after dragging it home I read in several places that chamaecyparis don’t back bud on old wood. This was a disappointment since this tree needs some new foliage closer in to the trunk on some branches. So I set it aside to grow some more and did a little pruning. Well tonight I was watering around the collection when I noticed something green on a small branch I had cut back several months ago. Yes those are little buds popping out on the old lichen covered wood! So has anybody had any luck getting chamaecyparis to back bud on old wood? What is the secret—I am assuming these buds are just dumb luck in my case.