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Chamaecyparis obtusa
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These conifers are known as Hinoki Falsecypress. Their soft, fernlike foliage makes you want to reach out and touch them. There is great variety between them with flat fronds of needles, some silver-backed, others with a golden glow. Half-inch round brown cones decorate the plants in early spring. The variegated choices are very pleasing and provide excellent backdrops for flowers of complimentary colors. In their native habitat they are used to extreme heat and humidity - sort of like the Atlanta metro.
Chamaecyparis obtusa densa Predicted size 15" x 15"

This is the cutest little conifer.  It just sits where it was put and seemingly does not grow at all.

Chamaecyparis obtusa filicoides This was obviously too large for the dwarf conifer designation, but I had to have it anyway, so we used it as a stopper. At the edge of the pond, near the house, it fills a blank wall and designates the end of the conifer garden. The open branches and irregular shape add interest and height, currently about 7 ft. Destined to be about 12 ft. tall, it will still have room in this spot.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'

Piccadilly predicted size:

6 ft tall and 4.5 ft wide

Obviously too big for the dwarf garden, although compared to its brethren, this would be very small for a chamaecyparis obtusa.  Just to be safe, it went to the woodland beneath the loblolly pine. No soil amendments, some supplemental water and it is trying to be tall. After 6 years, it has reached about 4 ft.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea'

Plant Delights predicted size: 3 ft tall
Bloom predicted size for his preferred 'Nana Lutea': 2 ft. x 18 inches
Dirr prediction: 3 ft high and a little broader

This beauty survived being transplanted and has thrived in the newly prepared, rich soil. The golden edges of this deep green conifer glow with light. The fronds are arranged in a maze-like display.  Adrian Bloom prefers 'Nana Lutea', although he notes that 'Nana Aurea' is faster growing.

Chamaecyparis obtusa nana

Surely when I bought this, there was some indication that it was planning to be small. After 7 years, it is a nice, compact 2 feet tall with a spread of about 2 1/2 ft.  It shows no signs of leaping up to 7 or 8 feet. This plant is a good, solid green, firmly anchoring a corner. It provides contrast to the variegated conifers and surrounding flowers.  The second photo shows how well it sets off other textures.

Bloom notes that nurseries are not always offering the true obtusa nana, originally introduced in 1867, under this name.

Chamaecyparis obtusa nana 'Repens'

Predicted size:2 ft. x 3 ft.

The variegated needles provide a good background for daffodils, yellow lilies and crocus. It appears to have reached it's mature size after 6-7 years.

Chamaecyparis obtusa tonia  
  Predicted size 2 ft. x 15"

This conifer has performed as predicted and has thrived in full southern exposure.
In this photo, it is shown in front of Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Shiva'.