Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' / graceful Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' is a compact, upright, tree form of Hinoki cypress with much denser branching than the typical species. Foliage is dark-green in color. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated long ago in Japan. German botanist and plant explorer, P.F. von Siebold (1796 – 1866) imported, named and published the descriptions of the first specimens in Europe in 1862. In the Latin language, gracilis translates into "graceful."

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' — an old specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' — looking into a very large plant.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' — a young plant in a private garden in Kansas, October 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' Photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden Donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surratt
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis' Green Industry Images Copyrighted Photo; Donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand


David Parks


Maxwell Cohn

no. it's probably already dead. Colors are supposed to be at their most vibrant in June.