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PlantFiles: Fernspray, False Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Filicoides'

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

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative dsevert 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.

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

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!!


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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