Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form)

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lemon Twist (tree form)'

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Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form) (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lemon Twist (tree form)') at Harper's Garden Centre

Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form)

Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form)

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


Bright yellow and gold variegated foliage becomes more intense in winter months; small tree-like form with weeping, twisted branches makes it a perfect choice as a residential garden or landscape accent

Ornamental Features

Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form) has attractive gold-variegated yellow foliage. The twisted scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain yellow throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form) is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form) is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Lemon Twist Hinoki Falsecypress (tree form) will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features