• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Rock Garden Plant
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kam-e-SIP-a-ris ob-tu-SA
    Plant type:Conifer
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Dwarf Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    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 PlantsHeavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Azalea (Azalea); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Camellia (Camellia); Pine (Pinus); Hosta (Hosta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows well in average to fertile, neutral to acidic, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Shelter from harsh, drying winds. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. 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
    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'.
    Chamaecyparis translates from the Greek for dwarf and cypress, which verifies the fact that it is not a true cypress at all.