Crippsii Hinoki Cypress Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 10-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Crippsii Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii'

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Crippsii Hinoki Cypress will bring some sparkle to your garden all year-round with its cheery yellow foliage. Even the darkest days of winter will seem a little brighter when blessed with its warm golden glow. This elegant evergreen specimen tree will add structure to your landscape with its graceful branching habit as well as texture with its soft, feathery foliage. Plant it where you can view it from inside the house in winter for a nice cold season pick-me-up. In spring, you may see robins or cardinals nesting in the shelter of Crippsii’s colorful branches.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 10-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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The Story

Hinoki Cypress hails from Japan, where specimens can grow to over 100 feet tall and live for 1,000 years. The aromatic wood has been used in building palaces, shrines, and theaters there. As an ornamental tree, Hinoki Cypress is loved all over the world and is considered by many to be one of the choicest conifers that can be grown. Crippsii was found in 1901 at a nursery in England belonging to Thomas Cripps. The nursery no longer exists, but Cripps’ legacy lives on in the tree that bears his name and which is still embraced as one of the finest Hinoki selections available well over 100 years later.

The Details

The innermost leaves that are shaded will often be more green than the bright golden leaves on the branch tips, creating a pretty two-tone effect. Likewise, if Crippsii Hinoki is grown in part shade, it won’t be as intensely yellow as it would be in full sun. In shade, it will also have an airier habit. Once you catch sight of the feathery yellow-green fronds, you'll fall in love with Cripps. An excellent option for a soft background to your favorite flowering plants, Cripps will make itself at home in your landscape with its vigorous vertical growth. Cripps is also a great option for a more non-traditional privacy hedge or a windbreak.

Height: 8-10 ft
Width: 3-4 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Golden Yellow/Green
Zone: 4-8

How to Grow

Crippsii Hinoki Cypress is most at home in moderate climates that aren’t extremely hot in summer or bitterly cold in winter. Protection from subfreezing winds in the form of a windbreak that deflects the prevailing winds is also helpful in preventing windburn (browned foliage) that can occur. Crippsii appreciates regular water, but won’t abide “wet feet.” Otherwise, this star ornamental is pretty much trouble-free. You can trim the branch tips on a regular basis if you’d like your tree to develop a denser habit. Letting it grow naturally will result in an equally lovely but more open form.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20-30'
Avg Mature Width 8-10'
Spacing 10-20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Gold
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: A

Size A

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Size A Trees:

3-4' Tall. This fun tree will complement nearly anything with its fun yellow foliage. Grown in our #7 tree container.

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Crippsii Hinoki Cypress Tree