Slender Hinoki False Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Slender'

Family: Cypress

Type: Shrub

The Slender Hinoki Cypress is a striking and versatile evergreen, perfect for adding structure and elegance to any garden. Its slender, upright form and lush, dark green foliage make it a standout choice. This cypress thrives in a range of climates, adapting well to various soil types, making it a popular choice among gardeners and landscapers. Its slow growth and low maintenance needs make it ideal for busy homeowners seeking a touch of greenery.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4b-5a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Slow

Average Height (feet): 15

Average Spread (feet): 10

Average Life Span (years): 70

Form: Pyramidal


Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Scale

Landscaping Your Yard With Slender Hinoki Cypress

Incorporating Slender Hinoki Cypress into your yard brings a sense of height and sophistication. Its narrow profile fits perfectly in small spaces or as a privacy screen.

Pairing it with flowering shrubs or ornamental grasses creates an eye-catching contrast. The cypress is also great for creating focal points in garden designs, whether planted alone or in groups.


Suitable Garden Styles

Japanese Garden

In a Japanese garden, the Slender Hinoki Cypress plays a pivotal role. Its elegant form mirrors traditional Japanese aesthetics, providing tranquility and a sense of nature's beauty. This cypress complements elements like koi ponds and stone lanterns, enhancing the serene atmosphere.

Formal Garden

The Slender Hinoki Cypress is a natural fit for formal gardens. Its structured appearance and predictable growth pattern lend well to symmetrical designs. This cypress can be used to line pathways or frame garden entrances, adding a regal touch.

Woodland Garden

In a woodland garden, the Slender Hinoki Cypress adds an evergreen element, contrasting beautifully with deciduous trees and shrubs. Its tolerance for shade makes it a versatile addition, thriving under the canopy of larger trees.

Slender Hinoki Cypress Landscaping Ideas

Creating a vertical accent in mixed borders with Slender Hinoki Cypress is effortless. It draws the eye upward, balancing lower-growing plants. Using it as a backdrop for colorful perennials or annuals highlights its deep green foliage. The cypress also works well in rock gardens, adding height and texture among the stones.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, the Slender Hinoki Cypress's foliage brightens, offering a fresh, vibrant green hue. This rejuvenation contrasts nicely with spring-flowering bulbs and plants, making it a lively addition to the spring garden.


During summer, the Slender Hinoki Cypress maintains its lush, deep green color. It serves as a sturdy and reliable backdrop for summer blooms, standing firm in the heat and sun.


In fall, while other plants begin to fade, the Slender Hinoki Cypress remains robust and green. Its evergreen nature provides a constant in the garden, pairing well with autumnal colors.


The Slender Hinoki Cypress becomes a focal point in winter gardens. Its rich green needles contrast beautifully with snowy landscapes, offering a hint of color and life in the dormant season.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

The Slender Hinoki Cypress excels in areas with ample space for its roots to spread. Ideal spots are away from building foundations or large trees. This allows for unimpeded growth, ensuring the cypress reaches its full potential.


This cypress thrives in full sun to partial shade. It's adaptable but prefers at least six hours of sunlight a day. In shadier spots, its growth may slow, but it will still maintain its health and color.


Well-draining soil is crucial for Slender Hinoki Cypress. It tolerates a range of soil types, including clay, loam, or sandy soils. Ensuring good drainage helps prevent root rot and other moisture-related issues.


Space these trees about 5 to 6 feet apart. This spacing accommodates their growth habit and ensures adequate air circulation, reducing the risk of disease and providing room for growth.

When to Plant

Plant in early spring or early fall. These seasons offer moderate temperatures and natural rainfall, aiding root establishment and reducing transplant shock.

How to Plant

Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Position the tree so its root crown is level with the soil surface. Backfill with native soil and water thoroughly to settle the roots.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is essential during the first growing season. Once established, it’s drought-tolerant but benefits from occasional deep watering during prolonged dry spells.


Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. This supports healthy growth without encouraging excessive growth that could weaken the plant.


Minimal pruning is needed. If desired, prune in late winter or early spring to shape or control size. Avoid heavy pruning, as this can damage the tree.

By Season


Spring Care

Monitor moisture levels as new growth appears. Spring is a good time to apply mulch and fertilizer to support vigorous growth.

Summer Care

Water deeply during dry periods. Check for pests and diseases, treating as necessary to maintain plant health.

Fall Care

Prepare for winter by reducing watering. Apply mulch to protect roots from freezing temperatures.

Winter Care

The Slender Hinoki Cypress is hardy in winter. No special care is needed, but avoid heavy snow accumulation on branches.


How Fast Does Slender Hinoki Cypress Grow?

This cypress has a slow to moderate growth rate, adding about 6-12 inches per year. Its growth can be influenced by environmental factors like soil quality, light, and water.

Can It Be Grown in Containers?

Yes, Slender Hinoki Cypress can be grown in large containers. Ensure the container has adequate drainage and monitor soil moisture and nutrient levels more closely than in-ground plants.

Is It Susceptible to Any Pests or Diseases?

While generally robust, it can be prone to scale insects and fungal diseases in humid conditions. Regular monitoring and maintaining good air circulation can help prevent these issues.

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