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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri'

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

'Kosteri' is a cultivar of Hinoki Cypress with large, bright green, horizontal fans of lush foliage. It has a loosely pyramidal form with ascending branches and downward curving tips. It provides winter interest with foliage becoming bronzy in color. 

This cultivar grows 2-4 feet tall and wide and prefers moist but well-drained soil in sun to part shade. Useful as a specimen in small spaces.

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Mountain Ridge Top Garden - East Lawn and Lower Drive Border
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#full sun tolerant#small spaces#specimen#shrub#small shrub#slow growing#winter interest#partial shade tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun tolerant#small spaces#specimen#shrub#small shrub#slow growing#winter interest#partial shade tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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 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, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    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
    White
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are in lateral pairs and appressed to the stem. Bronze winter color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought