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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 in the cypress family that is a broadly conical tree form of Hinoki cypress with spreading branches and pendant sprays of bright, golden-yellow foliage. 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. It will tolerate occasional flooding. It is slow to moderately growing and can be used as a specimen tree, in bonsai, and around water gardens, ponds and streams.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    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
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    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 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
    Garden for the Blind
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer