Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Pygmaea’

dwarf hinoki cypress

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Outstanding Qualities

The pygmy Hinoki cypress is a compact dwarf that grows with a low spreading layered habit. The fan-like foliage is more open and loose than many of the other dwarf Hinoki selections which gives it a softer, less formal appearance. The leaves are bright green in summer providing a nice contrast with the red-brown stems. In winter the foliage changes color to a bronzy olive. This is a surprisingly tough conifer and it will tolerate drought and shade.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: dark green

Culture Notes
Hinoki cypress will grow best in full sun but tolerate light to dappled shade. It adapts to a variety of soils, from sandy sites to clay, provided the location is well-drained. Once established it is very drought tolerant, requiring little to no summer watering even during prolonged droughts. It requires very little pruning and heavy pruning can ruin its unique appearance. Only prune to remove dead, broken or poorly formed branches.