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Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa

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Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

3-6 ft.

Mature Width:

2-4 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Chamaecyparis obtusa

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The Perfect Evergreen for Small Spaces

Cypress Dwarf-Here's why you'll be proud to be an owner of a Hinoki

  • Dwarf evergreen with a unique look
  • Great choice for front doors, in borders, beds and rock gardens
  • Slow, upright growth makes it perfect for compromised planting locations
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade

Introducing the Cypress Dwarf Hinoki

If you've been searching for an evergreen with unique visual appeal, then look no further than the Cypress Dwarf Hinoki. Like a plush, velvet coat, the Cypress Dwarf will dress up any location you choose, and fit like a glove in the tightest of planting sites.

The convenience factor will add to the pleasure Hinoki offers because its upright growth makes pruning virtually unnecessary. And growth is about as deliberate as it gets, so you won't have to worry about relocation once you've given it a home.

Cypress Dwarf Hinoki will make you a Fan

Among the most eclectic evergreens, the Cypress Dwarf Hinoki has a beauty that almost defies description. Rich, hunter green foliage blends wonderfully with lighter yellow fan-like leaves and blooms. Softened by drooping branch work with an irregular globe shape, the tree will add character like no other evergreen can.

If you've been saving a planting site for a special tree, this is it. Order your Cypress Dwarf Hinoki today.

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Customer Reviews

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Received in perfect condition. I love it! It was exactly what I wanted and couldn’t be happier. I would order from Fast Growing Trees again.
September 4, 2018
4 months ago
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Still early
The shrubs arrived, looking very healthy. I promptly planted them and they still look healthy. Good for me!A year from now I shall come back to tell you of any changes.
July 22, 2018
6 months ago
so far so good
the cypress I received showed up in great condition. Had to wait a bit to plant it but it has been in the ground about a month and seems to be filling in nicely
September 24, 2017
1 year ago
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dwarf hinoki cypress... cute
arrived, packaged well, without damage. Bright intense green foliage, about 10-12â?? after planting. Itâ??s been planted for probably 3 wks at this time, and is doing well.
I would recommend this small evergreen for tight places, knowing that it will take some time as it matures into its â??smallâ?? height.
August 14, 2017
1 year ago
Hinoki Cypress
It's hard to review the two cypress because they are still the same size as they were when I planted them a couple of weeks ago. I feel that you should send your survey at least two or three months after the purchase.
July 28, 2017
1 year ago
Dwarf hinoki cypress
Plant was very much smaller than I expected
June 27, 2017
1 year ago
Nice tree.
Cute little tree. Can't wait until it grows a little. The deer have no interest so far.
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June 15, 2017
1 year ago
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Very healthy and looks great
June 8, 2017
1 year ago
dwarf Hinoki Cypress
Would definitely recommend this plant - arrived healthy and beautiful, and is perfect for my front step. LOVE IT!
June 3, 2017
1 year ago
Want more of them
This is gorgeous. I would love to have several.
May 11, 2017
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Planting Diretions

Dwarf Hinoki Cypress is the perfect evergreen for a small space with its unique look. This variety known as “Chamaecyparis obtusa Nana Gracilis” performs best in USDA growing zones 4-8 in full or partial sun. Dwarf Hinoki Cypresses are slow growers, maturing to a height of 3-6 feet tall and 2-4 feet in width.

Planting Instructions (in the ground):
1) Dig the hole twice the size as the root ball and just a little shallower.
2) Loosen the soil in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Hinoki Cypress tree and gently position them downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) When completely back filled, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets.

Planting Instructions (potted):
1) When selecting a container for your cypress, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be at least 2 times the size of the one it initially came in.
2) A good potting soil such as Miracle Grow should be fine for filling in the open space but try to leave space in the top for watering.
3) Choose a location on the patio, backyard, front/side of the house providing it will receive full to partial sun.
4) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from windows or vents.

Watering (in the ground): Water your Hinoki Cypress evenly until the soil becomes moist. You’ll want the area to look and feel moist but not to the point where it’s over saturated or soggy. Allow the soil to dry for a few days until it feels dry to the touch about 2 inches below the surface. A slow drip from a garden hose works best as it allows the water to penetrate the soil deeply down to the roots without over saturating it.

During excessive hot and dry weather you may need to up the watering to three times weekly. Some regions in the Southwestern U.S. can have very dry winters, if located in that area and suffering a winter drought, you should water twice a month through the winter season.

Watering (potted): Stick you finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water it until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. If there is some moisture present, leave it be until the soil dries a bit more.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your tree well after a year of growth once the root system has had enough time to establish. This will speed up the growth of your tree and provide beneficial nutrients. Using a general fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 formula once every spring will give it a boost. Alternatively, you can feed the tree with solid tree fertilizer spikes labeled for use on evergreens. You’ll find the proper number of spikes to use in the directions on the fertilizer packaging.

Pruning: If you intend on letting your cypress tree grow to its full, mature height then very little pruning will be needed. If you plan to keep your trees from growing past a certain point or want them to stay in an ornate shape, then pruning more regularly will be required.

Pest: The Hinoki Cypress can sometimes suffer from canker. Trees, like people, can suffer from diseases due to stress. Under watering and extreme heat are the biggest causes of distress. In the case of cankers, trim off browning limbs. Spray with a copper-fungicide making sure to follow packaging instructions for the optimum effectiveness.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Small and compact and unusual. I collect Japanese plants of all kinds.
Bird S on Jun 26, 2018
Sold my house and had to leave behind two hinoki cypress trees (one dwarf) wished I could take them with me they were so very beautiful. I decided to start again growing Hinoki's at my new house. The Dwarf Hinoki Cypress reminds me so much of the full grown Honki Cypress, that I decided to purchase another one. In my estimation there is nothing more beautiful than an Hinoki Tree or Bush...I almost forgot I also purchased a Hinoki Shrub - very beautiful and it is on my center lawn.....
francine s on Aug 13, 2017
Small and compact and unusual. I collect Japanese plants of all kinds.
Bird S on Jun 26, 2018
Unusual look, size,price and growing zone
Joan E on Jun 6, 2018
Sold my house and had to leave behind two hinoki cypress trees (one dwarf) wished I could take them with me they were so very beautiful. I decided to start again growing Hinoki's at my new house. The Dwarf Hinoki Cypress reminds me so much of the full grown Honki Cypress, that I decided to purchase another one. In my estimation there is nothing more beautiful than an Hinoki Tree or Bush...I almost forgot I also purchased a Hinoki Shrub - very beautiful and it is on my center lawn.....
francine s on Aug 13, 2017
Gorgeous foliage, worth the wait to see it grow full size!
Fussy Bucket on Jun 23, 2017
Order ID 9163080 - Purchased another a year ago and wanted another one. Shipping should have been free using the code June79. Please credit me for the shipping in the amount of $19.95.
Shirley K on Jun 11, 2017
We are looking for 2 dwarf shrubs to place in large containers in front of the house.
After looking and looking, this variety jumped out at us as the best looking.
David A I on Jun 3, 2017
I need plants that are deer resistant. I needed something that doesn't get too big, and is pretty. So far I am very pleased with my trees.
Joyce L on May 22, 2017
We like unique things and this is different than most plants we see around our city.
Linda C on May 21, 2017
I wanted to get a small tree to remember my small Mama.
Bonnie S on May 16, 2017
I purchased these last year and they look great and are doing well in my location and soil type.
Rodney P on Apr 29, 2017
Needed some small evergreen shrubs for corner of new bed Be side the point, please correct spelling of my city should be Erie, Pa
Judy K on Apr 20, 2017
Liked that it was slow growing and a unique shape. I got 2 to go by my entry to a front door.
Valli H on Apr 19, 2016
Small size important for container on small deck.
Karen C on Apr 13, 2016
This was recommended to my by a horticulturalist.
Neil S on Apr 9, 2016
its good looking shrab for my yard and easy to maitain
berihun t on Apr 4, 2016
i like their special form
qilu c on Mar 26, 2016
I had one of these when I lived in Maryland and it was beautiful in my rock garden which is where it is going here in my rock garden. Thank you for having it. Was unable to remember the name of it.
Pat M on Mar 13, 2016
Green for all season
XINGGUO H on Mar 10, 2016
I've been looking for a unique specimen for our landscape that is evergreen; this will bring a nice elegance to our home. Thank you.
David B on Feb 6, 2016
donna j on Dec 23, 2015
Small and compact. Very unique foliage.
Marjorie H R on Sep 6, 2015
To put in a small flower bed with rocks around it
James D on Sep 2, 2015
Unusual look, size,price and growing zone
Joan E on Jun 6, 2018
Gorgeous foliage, worth the wait to see it grow full size!
Fussy Bucket on Jun 23, 2017
When is the best time to plant a Hinoki cypress?
little Mary on Sep 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Because they come in pots, they can be put in the ground just about any time, except for periods of hard freeze.
Does it have a wooded trunk or is it all evergreen?
We want something to hide an aging fence the neighbor won't keep stained.
Thank you
We are in Zone 8.
David M on Feb 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They have a wonderfully wooded trunk, and are highly prized in Japan for bonsai. We are in zone 8 as well, and ours is doing fine.
How far apart can I plant hinok cypress compacta ?
jpse p on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would space them 2-3 ft apart.
We live near San Francisco, so it never snows and rarely freezes. Could we plant this cypress in the yard now (January)?
Irene P on Jan 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These plants will do just fine in your climate around San Francisco. I have three of these dwarfs in my front garden beds, here in Beaufort, SC. The only issue I have with the Hinoki Cypress here is in summer heat; we often go for as long as three consecutive weeks at a time with daily highs at 92 degrees (f) or higher. In this case, I keep them well watered and provide shade between about noon to 3:00PM. The direct sun tends to damage the foliage in this heat. You shouldn't have this problem out there. In addition, I can tell you first hand that Hinoki Cypress do very well in south-central Honshu (Kyoto - Tokyo) Japan, where the climate is very similar to San Francisco. Enjoy these beauties, but watch for Nantucket tip moth - tiny critters that that turns the foliage brown and can kill them if not treated with liquid sevin (or similar).
Is this deer resistant?
Diane C on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They seem to be not preferred by deer but depending on where you live the types of deer vary. So they may be as not resistant as they are here on the California coast where we have a smaller type of deer
What is the root system like on this tree. Can I plant it in a flower bed nest to the house?
Suzanne E on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: By all means! It will be a beautiful specimen plant in any garden, but be sure it gets plenty of sunshine. The root ball will expand even with the above-ground foliage
Will it winter over in a big pot?
John S on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Dwarf Hinoki Cypress will survive the winter in a large pot. However it would be best to go ahead and plant it in the early Fall.
Is there a way I can keep these inside? I like the idea of having them in a special space and am curious to what I will have to do so that I do not have to plant them outside.
Amber B on Dec 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hinoki cypress are OUTDOOR plants that require full sun, plenty of fresh air and water to thrive. HOWEVER, the Japanese value them for use as bonsai, which are often displayed indoors. That suggests they can be planted in suitable pots and displayed indoors for short periods of time - less than 24 hours. But even in pots, they should be kept outdoors for the vast majority of time. And in harsh winter environments, ANY outdoor plant in a pot should be protected against freezing of the pot/roots.
How far will the roots spread horizontally underground? I have underground and sewer pipes and storm water pipes and underground stormwater filtration pit. How far away should the dwarf cypress be to the pipes to be certain the roots won't reach the underground pipes? Is 3 feet safe?
michael m on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: General rule of thumb is that the root ball below ground will spread to equal the drip line (max diameter) of the foliage above ground. HOWEVER, actual root spread will depend on the type of soil in which the dwarf hinoki is planted. In heavy clay soil, the roots tend to grow shallow but spread out wider than the foliage, generally within inches of the surface, especially if topsoil and/or mulch are present. In sandy, porous soil, the roots will roughly match the drip line, but go down much deeper. In either case, suggest that three feet of separation should be the minimum.
i just bought a dwarf hinoki cypress and want to put into a bonsai pot. i live in washington state so is it ok to root prune this plant now or wait till spring of mid summer ?. thanks bob gardner
robert g on Nov 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Suggest waiting until early spring, when the plant starts active growth of foliage and roots.
are there planting instructions?
terry p on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes planting instructions are emailed to the customer after a purchases has been made, and instructions are also shipped in the box with the plant. You can also refer to or call our customer service line to ask any questions that you may have about planting or care.

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