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Golden Hinoke Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii'

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

Golden hinoke cypress is a dwarf evergreen tree in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family with a broadly conical form. The parent plant is native to Japan. The genus name comes from the Greek words chamai, which means dwarf, and kyparissos, which means cypress tree.

The plant grows in full sun to partial shade on acidic, well-drained, moist loam soil. The golden color will be the most dramatic in full sun. It will tolerate occasional flooding and browsing by deer. 

This cultivar has spreading branches and pendant sprays of bright, showy foliage that bring an attractive golden color to winter gardens. 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.

With its slow to moderate growth rate, it can be used as a specimen tree, in bonsai, and around water gardens, ponds, and streams. Planted in the background of a perennial garden, the golden foliage makes for a beautiful backdrop.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems.

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Shade (Medium) Garden - Winter at the NHC Arboretum
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#water garden#conical#specimen#easy to grow#slow growing#conifer#bonsai#low maintenance#winter interest#dwarf#cottage garden#windbreak#year-round interest#hedges#pond margins#privacy#deer resistant#screening#Asian garden#evergreen tree#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:
    Tree
    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
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    No true fruit - female seed-bearing cones are green when immature turning to brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No true flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    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
    Water Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Insect Pests