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Hinoki Falsecypress

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Chamaecyparis obtusa, commonly known as Hinoki Falsecypress, is a beautiful evergreen tree with a spire-like shape and delicate, fine-textured foliage. It also has interesting reddish bark that appears almost fibrous. While it is a slow-growing tree, it is one of the finer evergreens and adds a touch of elegance to any landscape.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
15 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Chamaecyparis
Species:
obtusa
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
excurrent
Evergreen:
1

Ornamental Features

Hinoki Falsecypress is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has dark green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain dark green throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Hinoki Falsecypress is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Hinoki Falsecypress will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

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