Koster's False Cypress
Koster's False Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri'Item #2379 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
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This attractive evergreen shrub has a rounded form that matures into a dwarf pyramidal shape. Flat sprays of deep green foliage add handsome texture to the landscape. Excellent for rock gardens or mixed borders. Withstands brief dry spells, once established in the landscape.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kam-e-SIP-a-ris ob-tu-SAPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.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)
- CareCare InformationGrows 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.