Chamaecyparis obtusa - Hinoki Falsecypress
Family: Cupressaceae

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Chamaecyparis obtusa is one of the most widely grown Falsecypress in the Midwestern U.S. Hinoki Falsecypress is a variable evergreen available in a range of foliage types and colors. It is more attractive as a young plant than as an older tree. It can be used in a variety of landscape situations if the cultivar is carefully selected.

Alternate common name: Hinoki False Cypress

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-usually a medium- to large-sized, narrow-leaved evergreen shrub

-typically 10-15' tall in Ohio

-the species form can be a 120' tall tree in its native habitat (Japan)

-broad pyramidal form for the species, but cultivars can be conical/irregular, upright conical, or rounded

-medium to slow growth rate (up to 12" per year)

foliage2 foliage Foliage

-adpressed needles

-deep green above, whitish below

-sometimes ridged, blunt

-fan-like arrangement


-ornamentally inconspicuous cones


-ornamentally inconspicuous cones


-thin, horizontal branches

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-reddish brown exfoliating bark at maturity

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-prefers full sun to partial sun

-does best in moist, well-drained soils that are neutral to slightly acidic

-grows best in moist, cool climates

-few disease or pest problems affect this plant

-commonly available in containers or B&B


-zones 4 to 8


-native to Japan

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-deep, dark green foliage in selected cultivars

-variable growth habits for different cultivars


-does not tolerate air pollution

-does not tolerate wet sites

-sun scorch can be a problem on cultivars with colored foliage


-focal point, specimen, entranceway, or foundation shrub

-good for a Japanese garden


-medium texture

-thick density

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Varieties and Cultivars - Search OSU PlantFacts for additional plants in this species


-foliage color variant shrubs that are "evergreen" (see Chamaecyparis pisifera)


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