Crippsii Hinoki Cypress
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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.
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 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.
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.
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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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