Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Mariesii'

Hinoki cypress

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Carole Drake, copyright GAP Photos (163913)

Plant details

A striking conifer on account of its distinctive, ferny, creamy-gold foliage. The tree is sufficiently slow growing to suit small gardens; team with low spreading conifers, birch and heathers with grasses and low ground cover plants to make a classic conifer garden, or use as a specimen plant. Don't plant anything tall round the base of the lower leaves, which will turn brown due to shading.

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Chamaecyparis

Species: obtusa

Cultivar: Mariesii

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

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