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Confucius Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Confucius'

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Confucius Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Confucius'

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Confucius'

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The Confucius Hinoki Cypress is a remarkable smaller evergreen, with a striking form and dramatic golden coloring. The fan-like foliage creates unique whorls, green deeper inside the tree, and rich gold on the outside. In winter the tips of the branches become tiny flames of bronzy-red, adding to the beauty. This tree grows at a medium pace, reaching 5 feet in ten years, and gradually maturing to around 12 feet tall. Its width will always be about two-thirds of its height. Use this tree as a striking specimen in a bed, or on a lawn. It can also be grown for many years in a large planter or pot. It has an ‘Oriental’ air to it, so it is perfect for a Japanese or Eastern-influenced garden too. Plant it around your home, or in beds of other evergreens or shrubs and small trees. Wherever you plant it, you will come to love its unique character and form – a truly worthwhile addition to any garden.

  • Striking gold-edged fans and swirls of foliage
  • Character-rich specimen
  • Perfect size for small to medium gardens
  • Attractive all year round
  • Easy to grow in sun or partial shade

Plant your Confucius Hinoki Cypress in a sunny or partially shaded location. Some afternoon shade is appreciated in zones 7 and 8. It will grow from zone 4 to zone 8, so it can be grown in almost every part of the country. It does best in richer soil, and although drought tolerant when well established, it does best with a steady supply of water. It has no pests or diseases, and needs no trimming, which can even destroy the unique nature of its foliage. For so little attention, this tree repays you in spades with great beauty and a striking character. Truly a great specimen for any garden.