Plant taxonomy classifies Hinoki cypress as Chamaecyparis obtusa. ‘Gracilis’ is the name of the cultivar with which I deal here, the common name for which is “Slender Hinoki cypress.” The Slender cultivar is not a full dwarf Hinoki cypress, but is compact enough for most landscaping needs. Hinokis are actually a type of false cypress, as indicated by their genus name, Chamaecyparis.
the elegant Dwarf Hinoki Cypress, or Chamaecyparis obtuse grows into a distinctive, handsome tree. With distinct care needs, this bonsai is rather particular and will usually not thrive unless its caregiver is vigilant, which is not meant to deter the beginning bonsai enthusiast, rather, it is meant as encouragement for success. This particular type of false cypress tree is much heartier than other varieties of its species and is more prone to survive
The Hinoki cyprees has long been a favourite of mine for bonsai culture. C. Obtusa is the easiest false cypress to keep alive. My first introduction to bonsai was with this species. Because of this tree’s unique characteristics, it has taught me one of the hardest fundamentals to grasp in this passion; patience.
Slender Hinoki cypress plants are classified as evergreen conifer trees.
Characteristics of Slender Hinoki Cypress:
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’ trees are intermediate-sized or “semi-dwarf” Hinoki cypresses, being more compact (about 15 feet tall at maturity, and about 5 feet wide) than the species trees (which reach more than 50 feet in height) but not as short as ‘Nana Gracilis,’ the full dwarf (9 feet tall at maturity).
The broad, sweeping, form of this conical-shaped evergreen has graceful, flattened, fern-like branches that droop gently at its branch tips. It showcases dark green foliage, and attractive, shredding, reddish-brown bark that peels off in long narrow strips developing a striking texture with age. Hinoki cypress foliage turns reddish in the winter