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Native alternative(s) for Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdoni':
Juniperus communis var. depressa Juniperus comunis var. depressa
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' Close up
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Cream Ball' Form
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdoni' has some common insect problems:
Bagworms in Ornamental Landscapes

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdoni'

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

''Verdoni''  or verdon hinoki cypress is a cultivar in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family and is native to Japan  This cultivar is dense, upright, conical, with somewhat contorted form. It is slow growing and will take10 years to reach 5 to 6 feet tal with its ultimate size possibly reaching 8 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.The genus name derives from the Greek word chamai, for dwarf or low to the ground, and kyparissos, for cypress.

This cypress prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. In North Carolina protect it from afternoon sun. It is resistant to pollution. 

Verdon hikoki cypress has yellow-green, fan-shaped foliage that holds the color well. Use it as a foundation plant, as a specimen in a lawn or alongside a patio, or in shrub borders, hedges, or as a privacy screen. It is a great addition to Asian, rock, or winter gardens, and it can also be grown in a container.

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
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 8 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:
    Conical
    Erect
    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
    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 the male being orange brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    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:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Rich yellow-green scale-like foliage; does not burn in sun
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Pollution