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Chamaecyparis foliage may aggravate skin allergies upon contact.

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Hinoki Cypress   Nana Gracilis (Chamaecyparis obtusa)

'Nana Gracilis' is a miniature form of 'Gracilis,' reaching heights of 4 feet tall.

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Plant Types: Perennial, Shrub
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 4 feet to 6 feet
Width: 3 feet to 4 feet
Zones: 4a to 8b
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native
Shape: Oval, Pyramidal
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food
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Plant Care

Sow seeds in spring, in a seedbed outdoors. Can propagate by rooting semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Semi-ripe cuttings are cuttings taken from semi-mature wood.

Plant Growth:

Monoecious, evergreen, coniferous trees. False Cypress can do well in full sun or partial shade. Generally slow growers that can reach up to 35 ft. tall (dwarf species such as C. obtusa only reach 6 ft. tall). All species need protection from high winds. Dwarf species work well for bonsai or grown in a rock garden. In general though, Chamaecyparis is used for hedging or as specimen trees.


Female cones appear in autumn; male cones are borne in spring.

Soil and Irrigation:

Needs good drainage. Does best with neutral to slightly acidic soils, but will tolerate alkaline soils.


Fertilization is not generally required for good plant output.


Can be pruned as hedges, if desired. Best to trim hedges from late spring to early autumn. Make sure not to cut into older wood.


Problems include twig blight, root rot, needle blights, and spruce mite.