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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'

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

Hinoki Cypress is a dwarf compact attractive slow-growing evergreen shrub. In 10 years it will only reach 3-4 feet tall but will eventually mature to 6 feet or more with a 2-4 foot spread. Young shrubs have a rounded form that becomes more conical with age. It provides winter interest with its graceful dark green needles.

Grow this plant in average moist well-drained soils and protect from harsh winds. It does best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade.

Use this shrub in small spaces, Asian gardens, containers, or as a specimen. Also used in bonsai.

 

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Asian Garden- Japanese
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#sun#partial shade#specimen#slow growing#fragrant leaves#showy leaves#winter interest#needled evergreen#dense#asian garden#compact habit
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#sun#partial shade#specimen#slow growing#fragrant leaves#showy leaves#winter interest#needled evergreen#dense#asian garden#compact habit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    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 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 fruits
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    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
    Surface/Attachment:
    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
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen