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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii'

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Photo Locations: River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and the National Arboretum - Washington, D.C.

General Notes

Needs good drainage. Used in oriental landscapes. Rich golden-yellow leaves change into green within the plant.

Has fragrant Bark and Leaf.

Native to Japan.

Family: Cupressaceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Conical Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 50 - 75 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Scalelike, Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown Cone, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.

Bark Red Brown, Exfoliating or Furrowed.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 6 and 15 - 17.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.

Exposure Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay or Loam Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Spider Mites, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.

Special Uses & Values


Bonsai or Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii' Tree Record." 1995-2021. Mar 5, 2021.
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