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CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Rigid Dwarf'

Image of Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Rigid Dwarf'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Rigid Dwarf'

Plant Common Name

Hinoki Falsecypress

General Description

A diminutive selection of a large tree from Japan, 'Rigid Dwarf' holds its dark, almost black-green foliage in stiff upright sprays. The tiny scale-like leaves clasp and overlap along tightly bunched branchlets, forming fan-like growths. Their undersides bear a tracery of white markings. Crushed leaves are mildly fragrant. This cultivar slowly forms a head-high, columnar to conical shrub.

Hinoki cypress thrives in full to partial sun and moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Hot, dry conditions are not to its liking. Use this dwarf cultivar in the mixed border, as an individual specimen, or in combination with other small shrubs such as heaths and heathers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Black

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Black

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Black

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Black

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No