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Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Goldilocks'

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Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Goldilocks') at Connon Nurseries

Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress foliage

Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress foliage

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Brand:  Iseli Nursery

Description:

An exciting selection, featuring delicate sprays of soft green and gold foliage, and a refined, uniform stature; an outstanding tree for both dramatic color and texture in the landscape; best used as an accent; prefers humid conditions

Ornamental Features

Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive gold-variegated green foliage with hints of lemon yellow which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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.

Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Goldilocks Hinoki Falsecypress will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree 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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features