• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Slow growing to 4 to 5 ft. high, equal width.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Rock Garden Plant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Does not flower
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kam-e-SIP-a-ris ob-tu-SA
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 4 to 5 ft. high, equal width.
    Special features:Dwarf Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Does not flower
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Design IdeasThe texture of this beautiful evergreen makes a fine foundation plant to cover utilities and crawl spaces as well as footings year round. May be used as a freestanding foliage column out in the landscape as a central element for bright floral plantings. A natural in the Asian inspired garden left natural or creatively shaped in the bonsai style.
    Companion PlantsUse this evergreen as an anchor for other shrubs featuring seasonal changes such as Cole's Compact Burning Bush, (Euonymus alatus 'Cole's Compact), Scarlet Wonder Dwarf Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Scarlet Wonder'), Tuscarora Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tuscarora') and Royal Purple Smoke Bush, (Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Protect from drying wind. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.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
    History:
    The species C. obtusa is also known as hinoki cypress was collected from Japan by Von Siebold introduced to the west by the nursery firm of J. G. Veitch in 1861. This is a small stature cultivar introduced in 1915 to provide an intermediate plant between C. o. 'Nana' and C. o. 'Pygmaea'.
    Lore:
    Chamaecyparis translates from the Greek for dwarf and cypress, which verifies the fact that it is not a true cypress at all.