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Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Sunny Swirl'

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Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Sunny Swirl') at Hicks Nurseries

Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress foliage

Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress foliage

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

A graceful addition to any home landscape, this small accent tree features very finely-textured yellow and green foliage in summer maturing to gold in winter; spiralling upward with tufts of stiff twisted branches, it makes an incredible statement

Ornamental Features

Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress has attractive yellow-variegated light green foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sunny Swirl Hinoki Falsecypress will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features