Twisted Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Torulosa'

1 Review

Twisted Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Torulosa'

1 Review

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

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The Twisted Hinoki Cypress is a beautiful and exotic shrub for any garden. It is easy to grow, yet it brings quality and uniqueness to the space it grows in. This plant will grow into a broad upright shrub, reaching 5 feet in 10 years, and eventually 10 or more feet in height. It is almost as broad as it is tall, and makes an imposing specimen among other shrubs, as an isolated specimen, or as part of a collection of exotic conifers. As it is slower growing, it can also be used in planter boxes and containers, where its special qualities can be appreciated close up. The normal foliage of the Hinoki cypress is soft and full, but in the Twisted form it is pressed close to the stems, which twist around in all directions. Often the ends of the branches are flattened and ridged, like cockscombs. This exciting foliage gives the tree a very special texture and turns the ordinary into something unique.

  • Exciting twisted foliage with cockscombs
  • Grows into a broad full shrub
  • Beautiful and interesting in any garden
  • Easily grown and drought resistant
  • Beautiful garden specimen or container plant

The Twisted Hinoki Cypress will grow in any well-drained garden soil. It will grow in full sun happily, or in light shade. It is hardy to almost minus 30, so it grows in most of zone 4, yet it also grows well in hotter areas, all the way through zone 8. It thrives in both rainy and dry regions, and once established, these plants are very resistant to drought. It has no significant pests or diseases, it needs no trimming or special care, yet this low-maintenance exotic and rare plant will bring something very special to any garden space.

Plant Hardiness Zones 4-8
Mature Width 6-10
Mature Height 10-15
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 4-8

Different kinds of interesting evergreen conifers make wonderful specimens in any garden, mixed with other shrubs and trees, or growing in a collection of other colorful and unusual varieties – and there are many of those to choose from. These fascinating plants give permanence and structure to your garden, looking good every day or the year, and they grow steadily into significant specimens that really bring a feel of quality and maturity to your outdoor space.

The Twisted Hinoki Cypress is just such a fascinating plant. It is a unique and special variety of its parent tree, growing about 6 inches a year to become a bold, imposing specimen in your garden. There is always high demand for unusual evergreens and this plant is no exception. It is rarely available, and we have made a special purchase of a limited number of plants. If you want to grow and enjoy this lovely, low-maintenance plant in your own garden, order now – or you will certainly find us out of stock when you return.

Appearance of the Twisted Hinoki Cypress

What makes this plant unique are the twisted and flattened branches, that often end in small cockscombs, giving the plant a striking character. The normal foliage of the Hinoki Cypress is flattened and in soft sprays, but in this plant the stems are rounded and twisted into interesting forms, so that the whole plant takes on a dramatic look. All this is combined with a broad upright structure, so that after around 10 years it will be 5 feet tall and at least 4 feet wide. It will continue to add around 6 inches every year, so in time it will grow significantly taller, becoming more and more imposing and wonderful as it matures.

You can use this plant as a specimen among other shrubs in your garden beds. It will look fabulous growing with other exotic conifer varieties in a special bed, perhaps mulched with attractive river stones and larger boulders. Such a bed makes a great, low-maintenance feature in a front yard, along a fence or in front of a hedge. As each year passes your collection will become more and more attractive.

Twisted Hinoki Cypress Uses

A group can even be grown as an informal screen, or divide between one part of the garden and another. A pair of these special plants planted in attractive pots or boxes on either side of an entrance would be lovely, giving real ‘presence’ to that entrance, and showing off the special foliage close up, where it can be greatly appreciated by everyone. Of course, being a native of Japan, this is also a great small shrub to use in an Asian-themed garden, or a simple gravel-floored courtyard with perhaps just a bamboo plant and a Japanese maple tree.

Growing Twisted Hinoki Cypress

Despite its exotic appearance, this plant is very easy to grow. Just like its parent Hinoki Cypress, it will grow from zone 5, and warmer, sheltered parts of zone 4, all the way through zone 8. It grows in any regular garden soil, as long as it is well-drained. Add organic material to the soil when planting, and mulch young plants with more rich material each spring, as the best and fastest growth will occur in richer soils.

Sun Exposure and Watering

It will grow in full sun, and also in light shade, so it can be grown in many places around your garden. It should not be sheared or clipped, and it has a natural density of growth that will keep it always neat, but with a rugged appeal. New plants should be watered regularly, and once established this plant is drought-resistant, free of pests and diseases, and needs no special care at all to grow more and more handsome with each passing year.

History and Origins of the Twisted Hinoki Cypress

The Hinoki Cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa,is a tall evergreen lumber tree which grows naturally in the forests of Japan. It grows to 100 feet tall, and in gardens it is usually found in one or other of the many exotic, usually dwarf, forms that have been discovered in Japan, North America and Europe. This twisted form, called ‘Torulosa’, was found growing in the William Gotelli Conifer Collection in South Orange, New Jersey. Mr. Gotelli was a keen conifer collector who had built up over many years one of the largest collections of these plants in the United States.

In 1962, Gotelli donated his collection to the National Arboretum, in Washington D.C., and it was during the cataloging of the collection for the move that these plant was found. Since then it has been distributed among collectors and specialist nurseries, and gradually become available to gardeners across the country. The Gotelli collection is still a center-piece of the National Arboretum. A special plant of this type can never be grown from seed, and our plants are carefully produced from pieces of parent plants known to be the precise variety. These take a long time to develop, and become the beautiful plants we send you.

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Twisted Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Torulosa'

1 Review