Falsecypress, Hinoki or Hinoki Cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa
Cupressaceae - Cypress


Leaves: Small; scale-like; very similar to Cupressus and Thuja; attached in alternating pairs flattened along and clasping twig; 1/12" long or less; dark green above with white markings underneath; evergreen; persist 2 to 3 years; aromatic when crushed.

Twigs/buds: Twigs slender; covered by foliage; arranged in flattened, somewhat drooping sprays. Buds very small; indistinct; not useful for identification purposes.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious. Fruit a leathery cone; 1/3" to 1/2" diameter; round; orange-brown; 8 to 10 shield- shaped scales with a bump on each one; matures in one year.

Bark: Fibrous; red-brown; coming off in long, narrow strips; distinctive.

Wood: Unimportant.

General: Native to Japan and Formosa. Not a true cypress. Small to medium-sized tree, depending on cultivar; medium to slow growth. Intermediate shade tolerance.

Landscape Use: This is a nice small evergreen that is little planted in Utah. It is easily confused with some of the arborvitaes with its scaly foliage in flattened sprays. I have seen this doing well at the UofU. The foliage and canopy texture are very attractive and several forms are available. Zones 4-8.

Cultivars: 'Alaska', 'Aurea', 'Aurea Nana', 'Aurora', 'Autumn Glory', 'Crippsii', 'Filicoides', 'Kosteri', 'Nana Gracilis'.



Family Cupressaceae - Cypress
Cultivar Availability Yes
Hardiness Zone 4-8
Type Conifer
Utah Native No


Growth Rate Low
Mature Height Medium
Longevity High
Is Good Under Power Lines No
Crown Shapes Pyramidal


Bark Yes
Fall Color No
Flowers No
Foliage Yes
Fruit No


Shade Medium
Salt Medium
Drought Medium
Poor Drainage Low
Alkalinity Medium
Transplanting Medium