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Hinoki False Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaecyparis (kam-ee-SIP-a-riss) (Info)
Species: obtusa (ob-TOO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Crippsii
Additional cultivar information:(aka Crippsii Aurea)
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over 40 ft. (12 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:




Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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


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

, (2 reports)

Decatur, Georgia

Danville, Kentucky

West Friendship, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Southborough, Massachusetts

Ludington, Michigan

Matthews, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dundee, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

Shelton, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 12, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A handsome, broadly pyramidal evergreen tree to 50' with ferny foliage, gold at the tips. An excellent tree where a large-growing specimen conifer is desired. The gold brightens in winter.

Medium fast growing under good conditions: full sun, protection from wind, moderately humid atmosphere, moist well-drained soil.

A 2008 Cary Award winner, given by the Tower Hill Botanic Garden to superior but underused plants for New England landscapes.


On Dec 30, 2008, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

With a southwestern exporsure, full sun in zone 8, would recommend heavy soil conditioner mixed during planting, include mulching and regularly water during mid to late summer to mininize browning of foliage. I planted these summer 07, did not provide regular watering nor did I fertilize this summer 08. But will provide recommendations this spring into summer, hoping for improvements!


On Apr 17, 2005, passarb from Syracuse, NY wrote:

I'm generally not wild about golden conifers that stand alone but they can be striking if placed among contrasting greens and blues.


On Nov 5, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is a bright golden color and change to green as they mature. Prefers moist, well-drained, neutral soil. Needs some protection from winter winds.