Chamaecyparis obtusa 'SAFFRON SPRAY'

Chamaecyparis obtusa
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'SAFFRON SPRAY'
Hinoki cypress
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green a yellow
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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This variety of Hinoki cypress should be on a pedestal in our garden centre as it holds a name very similar to our company name: Saffron Spray. Well, it is nice but just for a name we will not go overboard.

It is an evergreen, compact conifer with mid green leaves and random appearance of bright yellow flat sprays as we see on Calocedrus decurrens "Aureovariegata". The rest of the shrub bears tiny, fine needles and these sprays look so different as if they had nothing to do with it, as if they perhaps had fallen on it from the sky. In any way they are a rightful part of the shrub and they can help this shrub find its place among other conifers which it will highlight thanks to its combination of vivid yellow and green colours.

It belongs to obtusa cypress group which predetermines it to be a slow grower which it truly is. In 20 years it will not exceed 1.5 tall and about 1m wide forming an oval to cone-shaped shrub. It likes medium fertile, acidic, moist but well-drained soil. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 25-02-2010
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LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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