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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii'

Common Name(s):

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

Golden Hinoke Cypress is an evergreen tree from Asia with a broadly conical form.  It has spreading branches and pendant sprays of bright showy foliage that bring an attractive golden color to winter gardens, or really year-round. The tree grows upright and the foliage matures to yellow on the interior of the tree with some yellow on the green tips giving it a two-toned effect.

It grows in sun to partial shade on acidic, well-drained, moist loams. The golden color will be the most dramatic in full sun.  It will tolerate occasional flooding and browsing by deer. It is slow to moderately growing and can be used as a specimen tree, in bonsai, and around water gardens, ponds and streams.  The golden foliage color planted it in the background of a perennial garden makes for a beautiful backdrop.

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

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#evergreen#specimen#easy to grow#slow growing#conifer#bonsai#winter interest#cottage garden#windbreak#year-round interest#hedges#privacy#deer resistant#screening#asian garden#yellow needles
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • 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)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Grown for foliage: sprays of tiny feathery, bright golden-yellow scale-like foliage on frond-like spreading branches; green within the plant; good winter color.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Shredding, reddish-brown bark which peels off in long narrow strips.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer