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PlantFiles: Hinoki False Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaecyparis (kam-ee-SIP-a-riss) (Info)
Species: obtusa (ob-TOO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gracilis

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Plantman33 On Jan 24, 2009, Plantman33 from Tulsa, OK wrote:

Love hinoki's for many reasons. Great focal point/niche-filler for any landscape, slow-growing and therefore low-maintenance, bright green flush in spring contrasts with deeper green of mature foliage to show off unique shape. Foliage reminds me of clam shells bunched together. Does shed or lose some foliage in late summer to fall. Requires a little shaking or hand plucking to look its best (only takes a few minutes for a tree this size, though.) Overall great plant that's underused in landscapes.

Also, If you like this one, check out the 'fernspray' varieties of cypress (golden or green colors avail.) as interesting and less manicured looking hedge-type plant or as a color/texture contrast in small groupings. Both of these varieties make great additions to Asian-style gardens.

Positive Lakeside3 On Dec 18, 2008, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

Winter08_A beautiful specimen, the foliage resembles miniture emerald green fans. There was some die back last year 2007 due to drought here in zone 8 with a southwest expsosure and partial shade early evening. Ealry spring pruned with hand shares and then fertilized with one application of Maricle-Grow liquid fertilizer and mulched. Looks like it bounced back very well!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Brunswick, Missouri
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Salt Lake City, Utah
Newport News, Virginia

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