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Slender Hinoki Cypress for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis'

While plants with eye-catching flowers and fruits are undoubtedly appealing in the short term, sometimes you need an adaptable evergreen species that will add consistent greenery all year. The slender hinoki cypress, or Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis', may be the perfect example of such a plant. This upright small tree takes up minimal space while adding a degree of privacy to your favorite outdoor spaces, along with a set of graceful branches full of dense evergreen leaves. 

  • Compact spread allows for planting in many garden spaces.
  • Lush evergreen foliage adds texture to your yard all year.
  • Can work in privacy screening hedges.
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Plant Care



Full sun settings are ideal, but partial shade may work in some cases.



Water your slender hinoki cypress about once per week during establishment. After establishment, water when the first few layers of soil are dry.



Fertilize your cypress once per year in spring with a balanced formula.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on May 2, 2022

Planting instructions

The more sunlight that reaches your planting area, the better your slender hinoki cypress tree will perform. Once you find a full sun area, dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball is tall and at least twice as wide as the root ball. Although these trees are on the smaller side, they can reach a considerable height of 12 feet, which is why you should account for plenty of open vertical growing space when choosing a planting location.

Watering and nutrients

A slender hinoki cypress tree that has just been planted or is experiencing unseasonably hot weather should receive water on about a weekly basis. Once these trees show a few years of continued growth, their water needs will decline. Generally, if you notice the first several inches of the soil have become dry, it is wise to add water. Supply a well-balanced organic fertilizer to the soil in the early spring each year to support healthy growth in the following growing season.


Both the flowers and fruits of the slender hinoki cypress tree are so insignificant that few ever grow these plants with those features in mind. Both the male and female flowers are just a few centimeters long and bloom in the spring, around March and April. Typically, these plants rely on wind pollination for reproduction and eventually develop tiny cones later in the season that are also just a few centimeters long. As such, you won’t need to worry about pollination in order for this plant to showcase its best features.


Although slender hinoki cypress trees take on a pleasing form of their own accord, many gardeners choose to prune them to shape as well. When pruning this tree, be sure not to cut past the newer growth. Like many evergreens, these plants will not resprout from old wood, meaning that taking off too much could lead to permanent bare patches. Late summer is often a good time to prune these plants, but you can get away with pruning during the winter months as well.

Pests, diseases, and animals

Both pests and diseases can cause issues for a slender hinoki cypress tree. Within the first groups, juniper scale insects and bagworms are two of the most common pests to arrive. However, you can control these problems by applying herbicides or picking off the bugs by hand. Regarding disease and other issues, tip blight and leaf scorch can both occur as well. The latter issue is often the result of too much direct sun exposure or excessively dry conditions.

Achieving maximum results

The primary benefit of growing a slender hinoki cypress tree is that it won’t take up too much space, allowing you to incorporate it into relatively tight planting areas. While this compact size is a benefit, it also has drawbacks. For instance, if you wish to use this plant for privacy, you’ll likely need to grow it with several other plants, as the slender hinoki cypress tree alone does not have a spread large enough to block significant areas. These plants may also need a bit of structural support just after planting in the form of a stake or pole.


How do you propagate a slender hinoki cypress tree?

Like many woody plants, you can grow an additional slender hinoki cypress tree if you have a viable seed from a mature plant. Interestingly, this genus of plants also allows you to propagate new plants via cuttings. To do so, you will need to remove a softwood stem from an existing tree. Often it is best to remove these cuttings during the warmer parts of the year, such as the late summer months.

Why is my slender hinoki cypress losing its leaves?

Although the slender hinoki cypress is an evergreen tree, it will lose some of its leaves. In fact, this is the case for several types of popular evergreens. In the fall, these species may drop a few of their oldest leaves. Every few years, they may drop a larger quantity of leaves, which is alright as well. However, if the leaves of your tree are showing significant discoloration and dropping in excess, you may need to consider your tree's health.

Can you transplant a slender hinoki cypress?

It is possible to transplant a slender hinoki cypress tree, but it is not always a good idea. As is the case with many types of hinoki cypress trees, this variety does not respond well to transplanting compared to other plant species. Since these trees don't adapt well to transplanting, you should take extra time to choose an ideal growing location for your slender hinoki cypress tree.

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Customer Reviews

Verified Buyer September 2, 2020 at 8:42pm
ratingsmall little guy

Came in great shape. Doing well straight out of the box. Excited to see him get big.

Verified Buyer May 27, 2020 at 4:51pm
ratingGood recommendation

Arrived in great condition although it was considerably smaller than I anticipated. Hopefully it will grow the 12” per year as stated.

Mature height
8-12 ft.
Mature width
4-5 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
Growth rate
Botanical name
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gracilis'
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Growing Zones: 4-8 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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