Chamaecyparis obtusa / Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa, as described in 1847 by (Siebold et Zuccarini) Stephan Friedrich Ladislaus Endlicher (1804–1849), in Synopsis Coniferarum, 63rd edition, is commonly known as 檜 or 桧 (Hinoki or Finuchi) in the Japanese language or simply Hinoki cypress or false-cypress. The epithet references the blunt (or obtuse) foliage tips.

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Description. Hinoki cypress is an evergreen coniferous species of tree in the Cupressaceae family which grows to mature heights 130 feet (40 m) tall with a 10 foot (3 m) trunk diameter, measured at breast height.

  • Trunk is straight, bark reddish brown, fibrous, and fissured into thin strips.
  • Branchlets are slender and closely arranged in one horizontal plane.
  • Foliage is subulate on seedlings, then scale-like, densely imbricate, closely appressed, dark green above, with white marks beneath The apex is obtuse and often keeled.
  • Seed ones are globose at maturity , 0.3 to 0.5 inch (8 - 12 mm) in diameter, with 8-10 scales , each scale smoothly rounded and minutely mucronate, the apical pair of scales fused.
  • Seeds about 0.12 inch (3 mm) long, narrowly winged, and about 0.16 inch (4 mm) in diameter.

Distribution. This species is native to southern Japan.

Attribution from: Chris Earle, The Gymnosperm Database, ©2012

Chamaecyparis obtusa — photographed by David in his Kansas garden, USA during October of 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Chamaecyparis obtusa, Hinoki Cypress, Tanzawa Mountains, Japan
Photo by Σ64, via Wikipedia commons

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