Compact Hinoki Cypress Tree
Compact Hinoki Cypress Leaf
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Compact Hinoki Cypress Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Compact Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Compacta'

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Go ahead—run your fingers through the soft, curly locks of Compact Hinoki Cypress! You’ll find no prickles on this friendly specimen conifer that will welcome your guests to your front door, patio, or outdoor dining area. A wonderful evergreen tree for all seasons, it brings the freshness of summery green foliage into the depths of winter. Compact Hinoki Cypress is a natural in Asian-inspired gardens, where it provides a soothing green counterpoint to the changing colors of Flowering Cherries, Magnolias, and Japanese Maples, but it’s also well-suited to many other types of formal landscapes where four-season interest is important.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Hinoki Cypress is one of the most majestic trees of Japan, clothed year-round in lustrous emerald-green foliage and capable of reaching 120 feet in height.  The fragrant wood makes high-quality timber and has been used at the holiest of sites in Japan.  Japan must have a lot of holy sites, because unfortunately all of the biggest trees have been felled.  Dwarf selections like ‘Compacta’ are the forms that are most coveted by gardeners around the world.  With some clever pruning,they can be made to look like old giants—in miniature.

The Details

Now this is one "cute" shrub. A wonderful compact evergreen to include in any landscape - awesome winter interest I might add… While the regular Hinoki Cypress is native to Japan, they are very well adapted to the New England climate. Grab this little cutey for your landscape today!

How to Grow

Japan has a mild, moderate climate, and many Japanese plants prefer a similar setting when planted elsewhere.  Many cool-summer coastal regions fit the bill, like parts of the East and West Coasts of America.  Where Japanese plants like Hydrangeas and Japanese Maples thrive, Hinokis will, too.  This plant needs to be sheltered from strong winds and resents drying out, but it does want regular irrigation—from the hose, if natural rainfall doesn’t suffice.  It needs shade where summers are hot, and a woodchip mulch helps keep the roots cool.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 15'
Avg Mature Width 10'
Spacing 8-10'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
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 Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: A

Size A

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

Size A Trees:

12-15" tall. Grown in our #6 tree container. This is a dwarf evergreen and very slow growing, but the wait is well worth it.

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Compact Hinoki Cypress Tree
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