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Chamaecyparis is often confused with:
Thuja Thuja
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Thuja Thuja
Tsuga canadensis Form
Sequoiadendron giganteum Sequoiadendron giganteum

Cypress Chamaecyparis

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Cypress:

Phonetic Spelling
kam-ee-SIP-a-riss
Description

This genus consists of cypress-like conifers native to North American coasts and temperate East Asia.  They are extensively used as ornamental evergreen landscape trees.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
C. obtusa, C. pisifera, C. thyoides
Tags:
#evergreen#conifer#evergreen tree#tsc-cg
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
C. obtusa, C. pisifera, C. thyoides
Tags:
#evergreen#conifer#evergreen tree#tsc-cg
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America, East Asia
    Distribution:
    Introduced to Europe
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Conical
    Erect
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    No true fruit– female seed-bearing cones are green when immature turning to brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    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
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Needles
    Leaf Shape:
    Subulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Scale-like or awl-like leaves arranged around the branches. Many species have white markings on the underside that aid in identification. Branches may lay flat or spiral around. Some cultivars have yellow coloring.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Patchy
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Often reddish-brown with either fibrous or blocky bark.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No