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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea'

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

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral carlsfrog On Apr 22, 2006, carlsfrog from Hillsboro, OR wrote:

Neutral experience,as in good and bad.

It is a lovely plant, and we love it dearly. Unfortunately, heavy clay soil does not agree with it, even when amended heavily. Scale loves it. We have had two over a 12 year period and both have failed on us, as have certain junipers. We are currently debating trying again or finding an alternative plant to replace them.

If you have a good site and can care for it better than we have been able to, it is a great looking plant. You'll love it.

Neutral conifers On Mar 7, 2006, conifers from Rock Island, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Supposedly rated as Zone 5a. Without protection in Zone 5a this species can/will get winter burn and even losses.

Grafts to Thuja occidentalis and Platycladus orientalis/Thuja orientalis (Both synonyms for Oriental Arborvitae) and when grafted to either of these understocks/rootstocks, it can be grown in clay soil whereas a rooted cutting (on its own roots) cannot tolerate the clay.


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

Cleveland, Ohio
Hillsboro, Oregon
Conway, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia

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