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'Hibari' = 'Chirimen'? (4 Replies)

Posted September 5, 2015 at 9:51 am

I’ve seen Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Hibari’ offered for sale, but I can’t find any authoritative evidence that it exists, officially. It looks like ‘Chirimen’. Is it a new cultivar, or is it a misnamed ‘Chirimen’?

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Posted April 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm

The only place on the internet that I saw Hibari used at all was here: http://www.brokenarrownursery.com/chamaecyparis-obtusa-chirimen-chirimen-hinoki-cypress.html. Maybe you’ve seen this as well. Perhaps a note to Broken Arrow would help. Jack Blackwell

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Posted May 7, 2016 at 3:52 am

I purchased one a few years ago, labeled as ‘Chirimen’. I also got another one elsewhere, labeled as ‘Hibari (Chirimen)’. I believe it’s the same plant. Since some people find unfamiliar foreign names difficult, some growers market the same plant under an “easier” trade name. For example, I’ve also seen the name Chirimen corrupted into ‘Chairman’. This can really confuse things. Chirimen is a type of rare, highly regarded Japanese fabric that has with a tight, “crinkled” weave. It’s often used for wedding kimonos. If you compare the fabric to the plant, the name Chirimen is most appropriate.
Bob Iglesias

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Posted May 7, 2016 at 11:29 am

Bob thanks for the explanation of the name! Makes so much sense. I love it no matter what it’s called, but I’ve always stuck with ‘Chirimen’.

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Posted May 11, 2016 at 7:44 am

Thanks for all the input. Guess I’ll be making a new label…. 😉

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