Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Spiralis’

dwarf hinoki cypress

  • © Iseli Nursery - Randall C. Smith

Outstanding Qualities

This selection of dwarf Hinoki cypress has an amazingly tight columnar form. The central trunk grows crookedly upright with side branches spiraling outward and upward. As the plant ages it becomes more and more beautiful and takes on a sculptural quality that is unmatched. This is an excellent choice for a small single specimen or as a container plant.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 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

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