Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’

hinoki cypress

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Outstanding Qualities

An elegant and beautiful large columnar shrub to small evergreen tree, the slender Hinoki cypress is a great choice for small gardens. It will become a narrow pillar with lovely layered fan-like branches densely radiating from the main trunk. It is slower and more compact than typical Hinoki cypress and matures more gracefully.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 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, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Hinoki cypress will grow best in full sun but tolerates 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.