Hinoki False Cypress, Hinoki Cypress, Japanese White Cedar Chamaecyparis obtusa

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Botanical Name:

Chamaecyparis obtusa







Common Name:

Hinoki False Cypress, Hinoki Cypress, Japanese White Cedar

75 feet
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep , tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: stratification improves germination, but is not required, Sporadic germination will occur over a 2 year period.
In a Nutshell:
* Chamaecyparis obtusa (Japanese cypress, hinoki cypress or hinoki, Japanese: ? or ?, hinoki) is a species of cypress native to central Japan.

It is a slow-growing tree which grows to 35 m tall with a trunk up to 1 m in diameter. The bark is dark red-brown.
* A similar cypress found on Taiwan is treated by different botanists as either a variety of this species (as Chamaecyparis obtusa var. formosana) or as a separate species Chamaecyparis taiwanensis, it differs in having smaller cones (6-9 mm diameter) with smaller scales, and leaves with a more acute apex.
* It is grown for its very high quality timber in Japan, where it is used as a material for building palaces, temples, shrines, traditional noh theatres, baths, table tennis blades and masu. The wood is lemon-scented, light pinkish-brown, with a rich, straight grain, and is highly rot-resistant.
* It is also a popular ornamental tree in parks and gardens, both in Japan and elsewhere in temperate climates, including western Europe and parts of North America. more...
* "A tall, slender pyramid with spreading branches and drooping, frondlike branchlets." (Dirr), dark green foliage, prefers moist, well-drained soil, moist atmosphere, many cultivars and much variation among seedlings, native to Japan and Taiwan.
Bonsai Comments:

Hinkoki Cypess Bonsai features thick tighter foliage making it a great bonsai for training as the foliage can be easily formed. This bonsai does best in sunlight and is cold weather hardy tolerating winter temperatures just above freezing. This conical shaped evergreen has dark green growth and attractive reddish brown bark that peels of in thin strips growing into an beautiful trunk for bonsai.

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