Hinoki False Cypress 'Filicoides'

Chamaecyparis obtusa

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




Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

New Market, Alabama

Clayton, California

Decatur, Georgia

West Friendship, Maryland

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Raleigh, North Carolina

Newport News, Virginia

Cathcart, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 28, 2010, dsevert from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

The irregularity of the plant shape is what attracted me to it initially and the more I investigated it, the more the nurseries praised it for its durability and resistance to diseases, etc. Seemed it was the perfect specimen. I live in central Oklahoma, the cypress, two of them, are planted in full sun and I have sprinklers for water needs. I planted them last spring, early, and this summer they have been filled with bag worms and there are a lot of brown spots all over them. I don't know whether to dig them up or what since if they have them this year, they likely will in years to come.


On Jan 18, 2009, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

From 2009: We bought an 8' specimen from a nursery in PA four years ago. It had been regularly eaten by deer and despite its height, was very scrawny looking. But, for $80 for a tree this size, we decided to give it a chance. It spent 2 days in the back of our pickup with its head sticking out the window (we were visiting relatives over a holiday). We planted it in full sun in our backyard at one of the "dry spots". Despite all that abuse, it has been very happy, is filling in beautifully, and started producing cones last year. Since they grow so slowly, we couldn't be happier about having one this size in our yard. Love it!!

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