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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'

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kam-ee-SIP-a-riss ob-TOO-suh
Description

‘Nana Gracilis’ Hinoki cypress is a dwarf, compact, slow-growing evergreen shrub in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family. 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.

Grow this plant in average, moist, well-drained soils and protect it from harsh winds. It does best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. In 10 years it will only reach 3 to 4 feet tall but will eventually mature to 6 feet or more with a 2 to 4 foot spread. Young shrubs have a rounded form that becomes more conical with age. It provides winter interest with its graceful, dark-green needles.

Use this shrub in small spaces, Asian or rock gardens, containers, or as a specimen. It can also be used in bonsai.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Somewhat susceptible to juniper blight, root rot, and insect pests such as bagworms.

 

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Asian Garden- Japanese
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#full sun tolerant#small spaces#specimen#slow growing#fragrant leaves#bonsai#showy leaves#winter interest#fall interest#dwarf#needled evergreen#summer interest#rock garden#spring interest#Asian garden#walkway planting#compact habit#partial shade tolerant#dense growth#small hedge
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#full sun tolerant#small spaces#specimen#slow growing#fragrant leaves#bonsai#showy leaves#winter interest#fall interest#dwarf#needled evergreen#summer interest#rock garden#spring interest#Asian garden#walkway planting#compact habit#partial shade tolerant#dense growth#small hedge
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Root Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 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:
    Conical
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    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
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    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, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No true fruit - female seed-bearing cones are green when immature turning to brown with male being orange 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
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Shell-like sprays of dark green scale-like needles. Silver markings on the undersides.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    Gray-brown bark with ridges
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Red-brown stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Specimen