Hinoki falsecypress, or Chamaecyparis obtusa,  is a beautiful, evergreen conifer in the cypress family, Cupressaceae, and is native to central Japan. This gracefully sweeping, conical-shaped evergreen has fern-like branchlets which gently nod at branch tip. The color is a many-hued, rich green that is beautiful year round.  This is the classic anchor tree, that stable point around which more changeable plants can interact. It would be a first rate foundation tree or point tree for an entryway. The foliage is more refined than many other conifers and makes Hinoki falsecypress a tasteful addition to any home garden and, of course, being an evergreen, it also can serve the useful role of screen or privacy hedge.

The species is similar to another excellent Japanese native, the Sawara falsecypress, or Chamaecyparis pisifera from which it can be readily distinguished in its having pointed tips to the leaves and smaller cones. Hinoki falsecypress reaches 50 to 75 feet in height with a spread of 10 to 20 feet.

Hinoki falsecypress should be grown in full sun on moist, well-drained soil, in areas of moderate to high humidity since it is not drought tolerant. It is free of pests and diseases. It thrives throughout the United Kingdom and most of the US, aside from the hottest and coldest parts. It does well in temperate Australia and New Zealand.

The species is rarely cultivated partly because of its greater size.  The cultivars are selected for size, form and foliage color and there are literally hundreds of named cultivars. But, species or cultivar, Hinoki falsecypress is never common and will generally be found in the more select tree nurseries.


Hinoki falsecypress

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