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Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’


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Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Planting Mix

Helps your Dwarf Hinoki Cypress get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

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.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


3-5 ft.

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Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’

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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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Love the Hinoki!
These are gorgeous as mature plants; what you receive is, however, a younger plant, 12-14" in height, 10-14" in girth, densely branched, which is pruned into a globe shape if purchasing the three gallon size. Upon receiving these (after much struggle with the delivery carrier staggering delivery) I was very pleased how well they are packed, that they are live and in good condition.
I am interested, however, in making my hinoki conical shaped as in the photo, which may be difficult to prune/sculpt without looking silly as the 3 gallon size has a 4-6" trunk/stem, having been pruned into a globe shape.

I am informed the 1 gallon size is roughly half the size of the 3 gallon; 6-8" in height. Girth and form are difficult to predict being irregular branching plants, sure, but trying to assess the actual product purchased is kind of like pulling teeth as the website only has two photos of this species, one from the top or a side branch close up and one from the top of a mature plant, and the office doesn't have direct access to the horticulturalists stock area. I am merely being informed that the 6-8" 1 gallon sized version is unpruned at this time and can be pruned into the conical shape.

BUT the Hinoki is a slow growing cypress, and once you prune a 6-8" tree, what is left? Already the size is half of what I hope for my container pots to be on display as a show peice for the front entry... so I am in a real tight place as finding this one to be shipped live, in good condition, instock, was difficult enough, only to find the shape and size can be a bit of a disappointment requiring justification of purchase and delivery expense.
October 9, 2014
Bedford, NH
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Excellent specimen planting!
Beautiful young plants (2) arrived in great shape. Unfortunately, they both became infected with what I think was Nantucket Tip Moth. New growth on them wilted, turned brown. Lost one of them completely. Treated the other with liquid Sevin, and so far it's holding its own. Highly recommend these plants, but be sure to keep an eye on them for "little critters"!
July 25, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Nice Addition to the Landscaping
Great looking addition to the landscaping in the back of my house. I used a few of these to fill in a bare spot, along with a few other shrubs. They look great, but are VERY slow growers, so if you are looking for something quick, this is not the plant for you. Gorgeous once they grow in.
August 9, 2015
over 2 years ago
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I haven't had it during winter months bit it is in partial shade and seems to be doing good. It is planted in a container.
July 28, 2015
Caliente, NV
over 2 years ago
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Love this little Cypress
Just finished putting together a rock garden and the Hinoki Cypress looks great.
July 24, 2015
Sterling, MA
over 2 years ago
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Dwarf Hinoki Cypress "Nana"
Vicki at Fast Growing Trees bent over backwards to make me happy with my Dwarf Hinoki Cypress trees I ordered! The original shipment did not appear to be the right species, and she did everything in her power to please me. She sent me two others and they are what I expected and wanted!! Thank you so much- soo impressed with the excellent customer service and desire to please their customers! Would definitely recommend!!
October 21, 2016
10 months ago
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Dwarf Honolulu cypress
Excellent stock in perfect shape on arrival and thriving. Much better than those available at local nurseries.
October 25, 2016
1 year ago
Dwarf Hinoki Cypress
Seems to be doing well. I just got it this summer, so far so good. Small than I expected, okay though ,easier to plant. this point I am HAPPY with my purchase. Thanks!
July 30, 2015
over 2 years ago
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this is the tiniest gallon plant ever. It is so cute, but so small. I am hoping it is not super slow growing. I will never be able to enjoy it.
October 23, 2016
10 months ago
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July 28, 2015
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

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

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Dwarf Hinoki Cypress.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Dwarf Hinoki Cypress gently with your fingers and 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.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Dwarf Hinoki Cypress again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Gorgeous foliage, worth the wait to see it grow full size!
Fussy Bucket on Jun 23, 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
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
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
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
does it turn brown in winter, will it get green again ?
Jill L on Apr 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You might see a little browning, which is normal and will bounce back. That is called winter bronzing.
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.
approximately how large are the 3 gallon bucket plants when shipped?
cHARLIE on Oct 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
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.
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.
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.
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: The best time to plant false cypress is early spring or fall of a zone 4-8 climate.The USDA map, the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, is based on temperatures ... San Francisco is in zones 10a (with a range of 35 to 40 F) and 10b (range of 30 to 35F). So in theory you should be able to safely plant as long as your expectancy of low temperatures stays in the safe range of at least a zone 8, maybe 7, for a couple months, minimum. Keep in mind those roots need time to reestablish the plant to its new habitat, and if it does not have time to prepare for a large change it will be stressed, which is detrimental to the foliage features of the tree- a badly stressed plant can be as unsightly and frustrating to tend (subject to disease, etc) as a dead one. That said, I do not think FGT will ship to any zone outside of its safe planting peroid, so worst case, you will wait a couple months for your order.
Do you have Japanese cypress?
Aldair on Oct 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You are asking customers in the reviews, not sure you mean to do that...but, Yes, I do :) Dwarf Hinoki is a subspecies. Try using the search button with the species/binomial name of the type you prefer and if it is not there, use the company email contact to get customer service... They are very nice and helpful! If you dont know what you want, look it up on Wikipedi_2
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: I purchased 7 of these hinoki's a month ago. The actual plant shipped is 1/4-1/2 the size of the pictured plant. The root system is sparse (immature) and comes in a planter filled with new potting soil. So, it looks like young plants were transplanted into larger pots right before shipping. The plant looks healthy and should be fine next to the house. It is a slow growing compact shrub/tree that doesn't grow tall.
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
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.
Is honki cypress deer resistant?
carole b on Oct 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. For the most part deer do not bother Hinoki Trees. However, if presented with a limited source of food deer will feed on whatever is available. I hope this information is helpful. If you have additional questions please contact us at 1-888-504-2001.
How tall will it get?
Dave M on Aug 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I really can not say I have one in a container for many years which I would say is about 2 or 3 feet grows slowly . great tree . very beautiful
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.
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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