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Slender Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis'


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-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
-t- Planting Mix
Slender Hinoki Cypress Planting Mix

Helps your Slender 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.

Coarse 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- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

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

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

Mature Height:

8-12 ft.

Mature Width:

4-5 ft.


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Botanical Name:

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis'

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A slender evergreen that will fit perfectly in any landscape

The Slender Hinoki Cypress is a narrow, upright growing evergreen tree that is perfect for foundation plantings around your home and for framing entry ways. By only getting 4 to 5 feet wide this cypress can fit anywhere.

You can accent your home with a tree that doesn't grow too large, because this cypress only matures to 8 to 12 feet tall. This tree doesn't need a massive height to show off its impressive beauty. Slender Hinoki Cypress trees grow in a pyramidal shape with open branches that gives them a textured look that captures the eye with a unique shape versus columnar trees that grow in tightly packed, uniform rows.

Some of the branches even arch towards the end making it seem as if these trees are waving hello to guests and passersby. If used to frame entry ways they will give each guest a graceful greeting.

Their shimmering green foliage will pop against bricks and sidings to add bursts of color that draw the eye to your home, causing it to stand out as the most attractive home in the entire neighborhood. Your neighbors will just have to ask where you got your new charming trees.

With a cold tolerance down to -20 degrees these cypress trees can be planted almost anywhere in the country. Snow and ice only intensify their beauty. Not only can they handle the cold, but they are also drought tolerant and have the ability to flourish in poor soils.

Because everyone wants this hot new tree in their landscape, they're selling out fast. We recommend buying yours today, before they are gone.

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Beautiful Tree
Our little tree arrived safe and sound and is now planted where it can thrive. I bought the root rocket to help it settle in since the last few evergreens have not survived. I'm hoping this will make it through the winter.
October 15, 2018
4 months ago
Tree came packed well and healthy. Planted it this Spring and it still looks great and growing fine.Will be a beautiful tree some day!
Doin' fine
Doin' fine
September 20, 2018
This delicate beautiful tree was so small in a gallon container. Very disappointed and wondering if I will ever see it to its maturity. It is so pretty even little.
October 23, 2016
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

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

Slender Hinoki Cypress  Planting Diretions

The Slender Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis Obtusa ‘Gracilis’) is a small evergreen native to Japan where it was traditionally used for making palaces, shrines and theaters. With a mature height of 8-12 feet and width of only 4-5 feet, it can fit anywhere and is perfect for framing entry ways and looks especially beautiful in a Japanese garden. This cypress is good for USDA growing zones 4-8 so they can handle extreme cold temperatures and are also drought tolerant. They have a beautiful reddish-brown bark that peels off with foliage that fans out and will curl down slightly, giving the tree a softer appearance. Younger trees will often have a lot of twisting and turning to the branches and foliage.

Choosing a location: Full sun is best for exposure and it will grow in most varieties of soils.

Planting directions: It’s important to properly space your trees when creating a privacy hedge. Hinoki cypress are drought tolerant evergreens and can reach a mature height of 8-12 feet and a width of 4-5 feet, so they need enough space to flourish. Space your cypress trees about 4 to 5 feet apart, depending on how dense you want your hedge.

1) While it’s best to plant your trees when they’re semi-dormant (roughly six weeks before frosts begin) you can plant anytime providing the ground isn’t frozen.
2) Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter for a boost in nutrients and minerals. Organic matter will also improve the drainage of your soil.
3) Set your tree in the hole. Gently spread the roots outward avoiding any sharp bends.
4) Keep the tree straight as you back fill the hole and pack soil firmly until the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk of the tree) is about two inches higher than your soil. Water the site and gently tamp down the soil.
5) Use about 3 inches of organic mulch to keep soil moist and to prevent competitive weeds from growing near the base of your tree. Be sure the mulch is not touching the trunk as this can promote rot and fungus.

Staking: Stakes provide support to keep young trees upright and allows free movement in the wind to build the trunk’s strength. Stakes are typically metal or wooden and not much taller than the tree’s lowest branch. Since a staked tree moves in the wind, take care that branches do not hit the stakes. Use a minimum of two stakes for each tree since one will not provide proper support and often leads to trees bending or snapping.

After one season of growth, you should be able to remove the stakes. To be sure that your tree is ready to stand on its own, just shake the center. If the root ball has no movement, then your tree’s roots have established and you can remove the support.

Watering: Water your cypress trees 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 murky. Allow the soil to dry for a few days until it feels dry to the touch about half an inch 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.

After about three months, water your cypress tree(s) twice a week. 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 you’re located that area and are suffering a “winter drought,” you should water twice a month throughout the winter season.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your tree 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 in your soil. Using a general fertilizer formula such as 10-10-10 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 package.

Pruning: These trees require very little pruning. If using as an ornamental tree you will need to do minimal pruning and shaping at the end of winter while the tree is still dormant. Prune at a 45 degree angle and sterilize your clippers with rubbing alcohol to ensure a nice clean cut.

Pests and Disease: The Hinoki Cypress is extremely disease resistant but can sometimes suffer from cankers or needle blight. 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. For needle blight, you will have yellowing needles and green pustules near the end of the stem. For both of these instances, spray with a copper-fungicide making sure to follow packaging instructions for the optimum effectiveness.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
NANCY D on Nov 24, 2018
love the evergreen trees but not a lot of room, the size is perfect for the yard
Danette O on Oct 10, 2018
NANCY D on Nov 24, 2018
I need a narrow plant for the west side of my property. This tree is beautiful and should serve this purpose.
Alina S on Nov 23, 2018
love the evergreen trees but not a lot of room, the size is perfect for the yard
Danette O on Oct 10, 2018
Fits the space in terms of size and appearance, needed a slender semi-tall evergreen with curb appeal that looks good with existing plants.
Irene R on Sep 30, 2018
Like things that are a little different. Looks like a unique tree. Want it for my front yard.
Rosalie B on May 28, 2018
JOSEPH C on Mar 26, 2018
Bonita E on Mar 7, 2018
Andrew B on Jan 13, 2018
For its small footprint and shape.
Sharron E on Nov 26, 2017
Love the shape and color
sally a on Oct 27, 2017
smaller evergreen
Priscilla C on Jul 7, 2016
Linda on Apr 22, 2016
We were looking for a narrow evergreen to go into a berm with other evergreens. Fill in a space.... For now
Kim R on Apr 17, 2016
they will fit well in a smaller yard, and tall for privacy
gary s on Dec 9, 2015
Narrow Tall columnar shape
Tina C on Dec 4, 2015
the width is ideal for our landscaping
WILLIAM G on Dec 3, 2015
fits the area close to home that I need privacy
william h on Nov 30, 2015
I need a narrow plant for the west side of my property. This tree is beautiful and should serve this purpose.
Alina S on Nov 23, 2018
Fits the space in terms of size and appearance, needed a slender semi-tall evergreen with curb appeal that looks good with existing plants.
Irene R on Sep 30, 2018
Can I prune the hinoki tree??
Annie C on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Whether you prune depends on how much you take off at one time--and when. But pruning also dramatically affects the shape of this tree, which is unique and rather "free-wheeling." Choose carefully when you prune and how you prune and you'll be fine.
Will this grow in the shade more slowly or will it die? I want to put them in a spot that gets only early evening sun in southeast Idaho.
Jennifer E on May 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine gets a lot of shade. It looks very thick and healthy, but it has not grown vertically as I had expected from the write up. It is just an inch or two taller than when planted. I'm hoping for more this year, but the slower growth may be due to more shade than recommended. I am in North Texas.
How far away from a driveway do you have to plant this? Will the roots grow far away from the tree?
Daren on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 3-4 foot away from the drive way. They dont have an invasive root system, that do not grow past the dripline.
How large of a root system does this tree have?
Lynn C on May 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The roots will get as wide as the tree. The tree gets 4-5 foot wide.
Deer resistant?
Ellen D on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are deer resistant, but if they get hungry enough they will eat anything.
How fast does this grow?
Kandace S on Jul 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They grow about 1 foot per year.
Can this be planted in San Francisco in planters flanking the front door?
tina H on Dec 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes they can be planted in planters.
The growing zones are 4-8. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
What is the lifespan of these trees?
Sherry O on Jun 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They have a 20 year lifespan.
How big are they when they are purchased and shipped?
Marty on Nov 8, 2018
Can I plant this in zone 10?
Judy B on Aug 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The answer depends, I believe, on what kind of "10" you live in. I have planted this tree in the Northwest and also in an "8" in Utah. The most difficult part in both climates has been getting it ample water and protection from the heat and sun until it is fully established. By extension, the answer also depends on how much intervention you will make, how much shade the tree will get--especially when new--and how much summer sun, etc. I have seen the tree grow beautifully in zones everywhere from 4 through 10.
Does the tree lose its leaves/needles/foliage (whatever you call it with a cypress!) in the fall/winter?
T K on Aug 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No it does not lose its leaves/needles.
This tree provides a very nice contrast with the dark green when snow falls on it.
I love mine in southern Indiana.
is this fast growing and dose it do well in wet soil?
aaron d on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They do well in moist well drained soil. They can grow 1 feet per year.

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