Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Filicoides' / Fernspray Cypress

(Jacobson) FERNSPRAY HINOKI CYPRESS. Originated in Japan. Uncommon in North America. The name 'filicoides' means fernlike; from Latin 'filix', fern, and Greek - 'oides', remsemblance. Varies from a broad bush to a narrow tree. Always slow growing, and usually gaunt and freakish in either case. Extenuated branches with densely congested short side sprays. Individual twigs fernlike. Records: 47' x 4'9" Scorrier, Cornwall, England (1959; pl. 1861); 40' x 6'9" Endsleigh, Devon, England (1977); 23' tall at Aurora, OR (1993; as 'Compact Filicoides').

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Filicoides' Cones on Scott's plant - 2006.
Photo by Scott Beuerlein

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