Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurea'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurea')
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Synonyms:  Cupressus obtusa
Genus:  Chamaecyparis
Hinoki cypress is a conical, evergreen, coniferous tree with leaves that are actually minute scales on tiny branches in the form of fans. The outer foliage of 'Aurea' is golden and the inner is green. Growth can be slow. Use as a specimen or use several as screening.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Soft, stringy bark. Golden fans of foliage. Introduced from Japan around 1860.
Care:  Grows best in moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil. Full sun.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer, or sow seed outdoors in spring in a prepared seedbed.
Problems:  Spruce mite, twig blight, root rot, and needle blights can be troublesome.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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