Chamaecyparis obtusa (Siebold & Zucc.) Endl.

Hinoki Falsecypress

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Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Chamaecyparis

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 50 to 75' tall to 20' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

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.

Cultivars: 

'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.

History: 

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.

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My Experience: 

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


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