• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Asian Garden
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kam-e-SIP-a-ris ob-tu-SA
    Plant type:Conifer
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 6, 15 - 17
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Companion PlantsCamellia (Camellia); Azalea (Azalea); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Pine (Pinus); Hosta (Hosta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows well in average to fertile, neutral to acidic, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh wind. Water regularly during the first growing season to develop a deep, extensive root system. Prefers humidity and ample moisture; withstands brief dry spells when established. Feed before new growth begins in spring. Prune only as needed to shape.Pruning time: fall.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Chamaecyparis obtusa originated in Japan. This species and its cultivars are still fairly uncommon in North American gardens. The specific cultivar name 'filicoides' comes from the Latin word 'filix', meaning fernlike, and the Greek - 'oides', meaning resemblance. It is also sometimes referred to as Fernspray Hinoki Cypress,
    The species Chamaecyparis obtusa is known in Japan as hinoki - hence this smaller variety with its fernlike sprays of foliage is also sometimes referred to as fernspray hinoki false cypress. Hinoki is a highly significant tree in Japan, having been revered for many centuries not just for its highly resilient wood used to build shrines, temples and bathing tubs, but for the fragrant essential oils of its bark, wood and foliage.