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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Reis Dwarf' is often confused with:
Chamaecyparis obtusa Chamaecyparis obtusa
Native alternative(s) for Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Reis Dwarf':
Juniperus communis var. depressa Juniperus comunis var. depressa
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Picea glauca 'Conica' Form
Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Red Star' Form in the spring.
Osmanthus fragrans Close up of leaves and flowers
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Reis Dwarf' has some common insect problems:
Bagworms in Ornamental Landscapes

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Reis Dwarf'

Common Name(s):

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

‘Reis Dwarf’ hinoki cypress is a dwarf cultivar in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family.  This woody needled evergreen shrub was developed Joe Reis of Merritt, Long Island, New York in the mid 1970's. The genus name derives from the Greek word chamai, for dwarf or low to the ground, and kyparissos, for cypress.

It prefers full sun to partial shade in well-drained clay, loam, or sandy soil with a neutral to acidic pH. With a narrow upright to  irregular pyramidal form, it will slowly grow to 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Propagate it by root cutting. 

The foliage of ‘Reis Dwarf’ is rich, bright green, and branches can be somewhat contorted with long delicate needles. As the needles age they turn brown and can be unsightly necessitating removal by hand pruners.  Over time this removal of dead branches leaves the living branches at the tips which give the plants a "pom pom" effect.  The fussy pruning needed to maintain the appearance of this plant make it a high maintnenace option. 

Use this sculptural plant it as an accent or specimen in a lawn or Asian garden. It can be grown in a container. Of note, it lends itself to being pruned in interesting shapes like in bonsai or topiary.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Somewhat susceptible to bagworms, root rot, and juniper blight.  See Clemson's publication on root rot.

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Irregular
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    High
    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)
    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, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No true fruits, seed bearing cones.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers, pollen bearing cones.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Congested medium to bright green foliage has very long, thin needles and grows in fans.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen