Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’

dwarf hinoki cypress

  • © Mary Randlett

Outstanding Qualities

This exceptional, slow growing conifer becomes a beautiful dark green, narrow pyramid over many years. The shiny foliage grows in tight overlapping fans which creates layered vase-like cups of scaly leaves. Plants can reach 4 to 5 feet tall over many years. ‘Nana Gracilis’ and the shorter cultivar ‘Nana’ are often confused in the trade. Both are outstanding conifers and differ mainly in height. Look carefully at nursery plants to evaluate their compactness.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

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

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

Plant Width-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 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 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.