Growing Zones: 4-8 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 8-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 4-5 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- 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.
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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.
Planting & Care
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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You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of March 31st|
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