Native to Japan, the Hinoki cypress, or Chamaecyparis obtusa, is a large, narrow, evergreen that reaches up to 120 feet tall in the wild. But, because of its size the species is rarely seen while the numerous, smaller, cultivars are quite popular. One of these cultivars stands out not only for form but for its coloration. This is Coralliformis Hinoki cypress, or Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Coralliformis'. Coralliformis refers to the lovely coral color of the branchlets, which makes a fascinating contrast to the blue-green cast of the foliage. This foliage is noted for its thin, twisted, thread-like branches, which are unique among the False cypresses and quite different from the more common flattened fans of the species. This gives the Coralliformis Hinoki cypress a complex and eye-catching texture. The attractive bark is a rich cinnamon that is particularly appreciated when the lower branches are removed to encourage a tree-like form.

This cypress is slow-growing, rounded, and will mature at 12 feet over many years, making it of a size easily accommodated by urban gardens. It will grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Avoid wet, poorly-drained soils. There are no known insect or disease problems.

This evergreen will thrive across most of the US and the Pacific coast of Canada. It also does well throughout the UK, New Zealand and some cooler parts of Australia.

As usual, this special tree will not be found in the popular landscape nurseries but more likely in a specialty, mail-order, plant nursery.


Coralliformis Hinoki cypress

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