Chamaecyparis obtusa (Siebold & Zucc.) Endl.

Hinoki Falsecypress




Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Chamaecyparis

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 50 to 75' tall to 20' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Large tree with a broad conical habit. Branches horizontal and leaves in horizontal flattened sprays. May be difficult to transplant but container grown trees present no problem. Moist well-drained soil in sun but with protection from wind.


'Chirimen' - sometimes wrongly called 'Chairman', named for its texture which resembles Chirimen, a dyed crepe fabric made from silk and used for making kimonos (Iseli), dwarf, needs perfect drainage.

'Kosteri' - dwarf - to 42" tall and slightly wider - compact pyramidal form, ascending branches with downward curving tips - bright green foliage.


Native to Japan and Taiwan. Introduced in 1861 by Philip von Siebold and J.G. Veitch.

First published in Syn. Conif. 63 in 1847. Basionym is Retinispora obtusa Siebold & Zucc.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon pot of 'Kosteri' at McCorkles in June 2014 and planted it in the Triangle Island Garden.

Sources of Information

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