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Help identifying a Hinoki Cypress (2 Replies)

Posted April 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm

I’m hoping this community might be able to help me identify a tree that neighbors told us is a very old Hinoki Cypress.

I’ve attached two photos of the specimen. It has very long, thin leaves with the white “x” pattern seen on many Hinokis. Initially I attributed the leaf length to its age, but I located a similar tree that is much younger and saw similarly long leaves.

I’ve combed through the Conifer Society pages on Chamaecyparis Obtusa varieties without any luck. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Posted April 19, 2017 at 7:09 am

I don’t believe that’s a Hinoki at all, rather very old Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis), probably ‘Kaizuka.’ Ch. obtusa foliage presents in a more spray-like form versus the awl-like foliage you show here. Plus, the few seed cones that are visible are much too large and blue for Hinoki.

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Posted April 19, 2017 at 10:27 am

That is a very cool twisted trunk!

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