Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Graciosa’
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Outstanding Qualities

Bright green, feathery boughs of evergreen foliage make Graciosa Hinoki cypress a superior conifer along with its consistent upright, pyramidal shape. Grows much larger – 6 to 10 feet in ten years – than most of the dwarf varieties featured on this website, but is smaller than the wild species.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen foliage

Culture Notes
Graciosa Hinoki cypress will grow best in full sun but tolerates light 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.
Geek Notes
C. obtusa 'Graciosa' is a sport of C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' introduced by Leen Konijn Nurseries, Ederveen, The Netherlands in 1935.