Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii'

Crippsii Golden Hinoki Cypress, Golden Fernleaf Falsecypress

Form newly planted

Form newly planted


Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Chamaecyparis

Parent: Chamaecyparis obtusa

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 8 to 10' tall, 3 to 4' wide (can get to 25')

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Pyramidal, loose open form. Yellow foliage changing to green within the plant. Can be sheared to keep small.


Raised by Thomas Cripps and Sons of Tunbridge Wells, England before 1899. RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002, First Class Certificate 1899.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 2-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in August 2010 and planted it in the Wild Or Wacky garden. It got a little sunburn at first. Then it got some brown on the foliage in the winter. I planted it high within a raised bed 1 brick high. In summer 2011 it did better. It grew steadily after that and in Winter 2013 was a beautiful bright yellow all winter - not a cold one.

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