Fernspray Gold Hinoki Tree
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Fernspray Gold Hinoki Tree
Fernspray Gold Hinoki Leaf

Growth Facts

Fernspray Gold Hinoki

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'

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Fernspray Gold Hinoki Cypress is a ray of sunshine that will light up your landscape all year-round. This perky specimen evergreen tree will bring some pizzazz to your entryway garden, foundation beds, or the plantings around your pool or patio with its dazzling lemon-yellow color. Each branch ends in a delicate flattened fernlike “frond” of luminous yellow foliage, which is how Fernspray Gold gets its name. This one doesn’t get as big as other Hinokis, like the equally popular gold-leaved form, Crippsii, and is a smart choice for smaller gardens. It will grow more impressive each year without becoming imposing or out of scale with the rest of your landscape.

Growth Facts

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The Story

Hinoki Cypress is a revered forest tree of Japan that is grown the world over. The tree in its natural state becomes a towering giant, but a bonanza of forms have arisen over the years that stay much smaller. In addition, some of these selections have an upright habit while others are rounded, and some have yellow or white variegation or uniquely shaped foliage. You could make a whole garden out of the different types of Hinokis! Fernspray Gold originated in 1975 at a specialty nursery in New Zealand called Duncan & Davies. Its beautiful feathery yellow foliage was an instant hit.

The Details

Fernspray Gold Hinoki’s artistic form sets it apart from other specimen trees and even from many Hinoki Cypresses. It assumes a conical shape like most conifers, but its branches are spaced a little further apart than others, creating an especially picturesque silhouette. Place Fernspray Gold against a solid background of a contrasting color to highlight both the stunning yellow foliage and the sculptural shape.

How to Grow

Give Fernspray Gold Hinoki Cypress plenty of sunshine and regular water to keep it looking sharp. It will grow in shade as well, but the lemony foliage will become much more green. Some protection from icy winter winds will prevent the foliage from getting windburned, which can happen in harsh climates. Hinoki Cypress sometimes gets a few brown leaves in its interior; simply remove them by running your fingers through the soft foliage. Otherwise, Fernspray Gold  should be low-maintenance and quite self-sufficient. Insects rarely have any interest in it, and diseases seldom strike if its cultural requirements are met.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Sun
Avg Mature Height 8-10'
Avg Mature Width 6-8'
Spacing 6-12'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Gold/Orange Highlights
Fall 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 No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

30-36" Tall. Grown in our #7 or #8 tree container this small evergreen tree will complement any landscape

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