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Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Butter Ball'

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Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Butter Ball') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress

Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

A colorful addition to any home landscape, this small, round, accent shrub features finely-textured yellow-gold foliage year round; best used as a color accent in the garden or along walkways

Ornamental Features

Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress has gold-variegated light green foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves remain light green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. 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.

Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub 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.

Butterball Hinoki Falsecypress makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features