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CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Aurea'

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Felder Rushing

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Aurea'

Plant Common Name

Golden Hinoki Falsecypress, Hinoki Falsecypress

General Description

One of many outstanding cultivars of this elegant Japanese conifer, 'Aurea' is a pyramidal evergreen tree grown for its handsome sprays of foliage which are golden-yellow when young. The leaf color is brightest in full sun.

Hinoki cypress is a slow grower, requiring little maintenance. It does best in neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained conditions, although it tolerates some alkalinity. This showy cultivar deserves center stage as a specimen plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-50' / 6.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fruit Color

    Orange, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No