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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Coralliformis'

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

This is a slow-growing, bushy selection of Hinoki cypress with curled, twisted, intertwining reddish branches and unique thread-like, glossy-green foliage. It prefers full sun with moist well-drained soils. It is not too picky about soil type as long as it's well-drained. It can also tolerate some shade.

There are some discrepancies about how tall it gets but most agree in 10 years it will grow to about 4 feet and may reach 10-12 feet at maturity.

Some susceptibility to juniper blight, root rot and certain insect pests such as bagworms.

Genus Greek name: "Chamai " means dwarf, "kyparissos" means cypress tree

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
    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
    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 Description:
    No true fruit - female seed-bearing cones are green when immature turning to brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No true flowers - the pollen bearing cones are small and often reddish, growing from the branch tips.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Thread-like glossy green foliage
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Red/Burgundy
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Description:
    Reddish stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Screen/Privacy