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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'
Sunlight: Avoid a hot afternoon sun location
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Nana Gracilis (tree form) is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub, selected and trained to grow in a small tree-like form with the primary plant grafted high atop a standard. A fantastic garden variety of the species with a rounded, compact habit, ideal for detail use; very delicate, almost ferny foliage.
Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypress has dark green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.
Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Planting & Growing
Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypress will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of species not originally from North America.