Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides Compacta’

compact fernspray hinoki cypress

  • © Iseli Nursery - Randall C. Smith

Outstanding Qualities

This fantastic slow growing cultivar has a compact habit with dark green foliage arranged in interesting fern-like sprays. The flattened and narrow tapering branches create a unique texture and make for an excellent garden specimen or a striking container plant.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

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

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

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

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: dark green, bronze

Culture Notes
This interesting evergreen grows best in full sun but tolerates light to open 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.