• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • 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; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    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, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh, drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to develop an extensive root system. Once established, prefers regular water, but tolerates brief dry spells. Fertilize in early spring. Prune only as needed to shape.Pruning time: fall.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    C. obtusa 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. The species C. obtusa is also known as Hinoki Cypress.

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