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Filicoides Hinoki Cypress is all about texture. Unlike most Hinokis, whose foliage is arranged in fanlike bunches, Filicoides holds its lustrous green leaves in long, narrow, lacy sprays, like feathers or fern fronds. You’ll want to reach out and touch its ferny foliage. Go ahead! The aromatic leaves are soft—not prickly at all like some conifers. Because it’s evergreen, this strokably soft specimen will be a standout in your garden all year long. Plant this friendly and charismatic accent tree near your front door, deck, or patio, where you and your guests can admire it and run your fingers through its gorgeous green locks.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Spacing: 8-15'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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A majestic forest tree native to Japan, Hinoki Cypress can reach over 100 feet tall in its natural state. Luckily, this mighty evergreen tree has given rise to countless more compact versions, some of which are suitable for inclusion in the smallest of gardens. Some are seedlings that simply decided to march to the beat of a different drum; others are “sports,” or spontaneousbranch mutations, which are propagated by taking cuttings from the unique branch. Filicoides Hinoki Cypress is a very old selection that originated in Japan and was introduced to the West around 1861. It has stood the test of time and is still a popular form.
Hinoki Cypress, such as Filicoides, is an essential element in Asian-inspired gardens, but it also makes an exquisite accent plant in any type of formal garden, such as the foundation plantings that welcome guests to your front door or an inviting sitting area by your patio. Combine Filicoides Hinoki Cypress with other luxe specimen plants like Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Dogwoods, Purple Fountain Beech, and Globe Blue Spruce for a low-maintenance, high-impact landscape fit for the cover of a home and garden magazine.
How to Grow
Moderation is key with Filicoides Hinoki Cypress. It appreciates a bit of protection from the hot afternoon sun in summer and from icy winds in winter, and it will thrive best in mild climates. Regular water (provided by our Water Element system) and a layer of mulch will keep the roots cool and evenly moist. Clear out any browned foliage that may appear from time to time on the inside of the plant. Filicoides adopts an upright, somewhat erratic, but very picturesque silhouette in youth; you may trim the ends of the branches regularly to make a denser tree if you prefer.
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