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PlantFiles: Hinoki False Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'

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

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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)
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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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral fernyarrow On Sep 11, 2013, fernyarrow from Seattle, WA wrote:

Hi there. I'm wondering if anyone has experience growing this in the shade in the pacific northwest. I am hoping it will do ok, just maybe not as golden of a color? Thanks a bunch.

Positive rkwright85 On Mar 18, 2012, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Didn't have much if any brown after first winter in the ground. It was a mild winter and is in a protected site but most of my C. obtusa will have some brown after winter. Gold color is nice but will turn green if not in enough sun. I have other varieties that hold their color better in part-shade but this is still a nice variety.

Positive Lakeside3 On Dec 19, 2008, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

Planted late spring 2008 in southwest exposure, zone 8, full sun. Requires heavy mulch and watering during late summer to minnimize foliage frongs from browning. The chartruse and golden hues are electricfying. This specimen resembles the 'Tetragona Aurea' expect the limbs to the 'Fernspray Gold' weep and curly. Pictures taken Winter08.

Positive keepster On Dec 2, 2003, keepster from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

A golden fern like Hinoki Cypress. Found at Duncan & Davies Nursery in New Zealand around 1975. Plant forms a tree like shrub with flat sprays of yellow foliage with white in near the middle. Orange winter foliage.


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

Russell, Kentucky
Horton, Michigan
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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