Hinoki False Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gold Fern'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaecyparis (kam-ee-SIP-a-riss) (Info)
Species: obtusa (ob-TOO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Fern
Additional cultivar information:(aka Golden Fern, Golden Fernleaf)

Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Chartreuse/Yellow

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)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Edgartown, Massachusetts

Portland, Oregon

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 17, 2011, HydroPinke from Burien, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

a very slow growing plant, 3" a year. Beautiful color when in direct morning sun, but protected from hot afternoon sun here in Seattle area. I know that deer also love this plant, so if you have a deer problem, steer clear of this one. my photos show the slow progression of how it develops from year to year.

Positive

On Dec 29, 2006, runktrun from Edgartown, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

My info is a bit different. A unique form of Hinoki Cypress displaying golden fern-like juvenile foliage on a mounding compact shrub. We found the foliage color is best in part shade. Growth rate is slow, only 3" or so a year. Ultimately a shrub of 4' x 4'

Positive

On Sep 21, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Sources indicate this is a 1980 mutation of 'Fernspray Gold' discovered by John Emery.