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Yellow Hinoki Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Confucius'

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kam-ay-SIP-a-ris ob-TOO-sa
Description

Yellow hinoki cypress is a semi-dwarf, evergreen tree in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family. It has delicate sprays of soft gold-to-green foliage in a pyramidal form that grows up to 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Its branches form fans and whorls of flattened foliage that spread outward. The parent plant is native to central and southern Japan. The genus name comes from the Greek words chamai, which means dwarf, and kyparissos, which means cypress tree.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade and in average-to-moist, well-drained soil. It is tolerant of various soil types and a broad pH range and benefits from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. It prefers humid conditions.

Use yellow hinoki cypress as a specimen or accent, or in a mass planting as a short hedge. The plant adds winter interest with its lovely color and can be planted in a container on a patio.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Somewhat susceptible to juniper blight, root rot, and insect pests such as bagworms.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Evergreens provide protection for wildlife, especially in the winter.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Irregular
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Description:
    No true fruit, female seed-bearing cones are green when immature turning to brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No true flowers, pollen bearing cones are small and often reddish, growing from the branch tips.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The bright yellow to green foliage grows in flat sprays with scale-like leaves. The outer leaves are bright lemon-yellow with the interior foliage being darker yellow, gold and emerald green.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Green
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Patio
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Humidity
    Pollution