Compact Hinoki Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Compacta' 3.5/4'

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Compact Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Compacta') is a slow-growing evergreen tree or shrub that is popular in gardens and landscapes. Here are some of its main characteristics:

  1. Size: Compact Hinoki Cypress typically grows to be about 6-10 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, making it a relatively small tree or large shrub.

  2. Foliage: Its foliage is a rich green color, with sprays of small, flattened needles that have a feathery appearance. The needles are arranged in a tight, compact fashion along the branches, giving the tree a dense, bushy appearance.

  3. Growth habit: The tree has a compact, pyramidal growth habit, with a broad base and a narrow, pointed top. It is slow-growing, adding only a few inches of growth each year.

  4. Hardiness: Compact Hinoki Cypress is hardy in USDA zones 4-8, meaning it can tolerate cold temperatures down to -30°F.

  5. Light and soil requirements: This tree prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types but prefers slightly acidic soil.

  6. Uses: Compact Hinoki Cypress is a popular choice for gardens and landscapes, where it is often used as a specimen tree, a foundation planting, or as a low hedge. Its compact size and slow growth rate make it well-suited for small gardens or tight spaces.

  7. Other characteristics: This tree has a pleasant, spicy aroma, and its wood is highly valued in Japan for its durability and resistance to decay. It is also resistant to many pests and diseases that can afflict other evergreens.