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Campus Gardens

Chamaecyparis obtusa
Hinoki cypress
Family: Pinacaea

Hinoki cypress is a narrow leafed and broad sweeping evergreen tree that can stand up to 100' tall and spread 20-30' with a pyramidal and conical form. A moderate growth rate of 12-18" per year. This tree has dark green foliage and flattened, fern-like branchlets that gently droop at the branch tips. The bark of Hinoki cypress is an attractive, shredding, red and brown bark that peels off in long narrow strips. It prefers cool, moist soil and tolerates partial shade, but prefers a sunny location in all but the hottest climates because sun scorch can become a problem on cultivators with colored foliage. Can be used as an ornamental evergreen in a landscape and is alos used in wind breaks. Hinoki cypress can be seen on campus near the Admissions buildings in the island that separates the parking lots. A specimen of dwarf Hinoki is in the Alpine Rock Garden. Zones 5-8.

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