Chamaecyparis obtusa 'LYCOPODIOIDES'

Chamaecyparis obtusa
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'LYCOPODIOIDES'
Hinoki cypress
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green and blue-green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
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The name of this Hinoki cypress is as bizarre as the plant itself. Still, its extraordinary appearance makes it look very unique given a good site in your garden. Lycopodioides is a slow growing conifer with contorted branches of mid green colour with blue-green shades. It is often compared to clubmoss. It does not have a shape as such so we suggest trimming the plant in young age to develop a dense structure of inner branches. Ultimate mature size is documented as 3-4m but garden cultivated, looked-after plants are probably just half of that.

Hinoki cypress likes medium fertile, acid to neutral, moist but well-drained soil. Grow it preferably in full sun or only a light shade so that the plant keeps its compact shape and bottom branches. Pruning or trimming can be done in early spring after all frosts. Mulching is recommended for keeping the soil moist. Fully hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5), possibly a few degrees lower.

Last update 06-02-2013

  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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