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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Filicoides' (false cypress)

3 feet tall in 5 years, though it eventually may top out at 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Zones 4


This evergreen boasts blue-green foliage in arched, fern-like splays.

This exquisite evergreen adds a twist to a classic look: like other compact, pyramidal evergreens, it looks lovely in formal settings, and is especially popular framing a doorway in pairs; unlike other evergreens, 'Filicoides' grows in a distinctive curve, swooping upwards, with fine fern-like foliage reaching out in splays. Valued as a container plant, edging, and accent in the patio and other small-space settings, 'Filicoides' is an exquisite addition to the year-round garden.

Very dense and well-branched, this Hinoki Falsecypress makes an elegant privacy screen or a stunning specimen. It really stands out in winter against the dark green leaves of other evergreens. Its blue-green tones look fresh in spring as well, and keep their color all summer -- no greening out here! Very compact and slow-growing, 'Filicoides' reaches just 3 feet tall in 5 years, though it eventually may top out at 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Perfect for formal containers framing an entryway, marching down a path, or brightening the patio, 'Filicoides' also does well in the garden, preferring moist soil with good drainage and slight acidity, but tolerating other conditions as well. For healthiest growth, plant it in full sun and mulch well around the base to keep the roots evenly cool. If planting a row of these shrubs, space them 5 feet apart. Zones 4 to 8.