Hinoki False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)

The Hinoki false cypress tree can grow up to 75 feet high, however its dwarf species is what is more commonly used and can be found in home landscapes, foundation plantings, hedges or rock gardens. This tree has dark green needles that have white or silver underside markings. This tree also has scaled cones that are green-brown (female) or orange-brown (male).

Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress)

Characteristics: Needles are dark green with silver or white markings on their undersides and are fern-like in overall form and texture. Cones are composed of 8-10 scales and are half an inch in diameter. Female cones are of a green-brown color, while male cones are orange-brown. Bark is red-brown and will peel on mature trees. This tree has a soft, pyramidal shape with spreading branches and drooping branchlets. It grows 50-75 feet high and 10-20 feet wide.

Foliage: Evergreen (Foliage present year-round)

Geographic Origin: Japan, Taiwan (non-native)

Cultivation Notes: Requires low maintenance. Does best in full sun, though can also tolerate part shade. Prefers acidic, moist, and well-drained soil. Moist and poorly drained soils should be avoided. This tree should also be sheltered from strong wind.

Number on Campus: 21

Sources: Dirr, Morton Arboretum, Missouri Botanical Garden