Dwarf Hinoki Cypress: Great Accent For Your Landscape

Dwarf Hinoki Cypress: Great Accent For Your Landscape

Dwarf Hinoki CypressChamaecyparis obtusa ‘Sunny Swirl’ is a popular dwarf Hinoki cypress. This small accent tree-shrub features very finely-textured yellow and green foliage in summer maturing to gold in winter; spiraling upward with tufts of stiff twisted branches, it makes an incredible statement; it is a wonderful accent in your garden or landscape and has year-round interest.

Dwarf Hinoki cypress will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity (about 10 years), with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

The remarkable habit of this dwarf Hinoki Cypress never fails to gain praise and admiration from garden visitors, and if the truth be told, you will never grow tired of watching its progress yourself. Spiraling upward with great tufts of stiff, twisted branches in all directions, this is truly a unique tree, and a marvel for the sunny garden.

‘Sunny Swirl’ is a sport of the classic ‘Torulosa,’ so it comes by its beauty honestly. The fine, threadlike foliage is boldly colored in gold and yellow in spring, the tips notably brighter than the interior foliage, which is more chartreuse. They keep their color all year, creating a handsome variegated look that adds depth and interest to the presentation. The bark has a beautiful mahogany color.

How To Make Your Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Thrive

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 fussy as to soil type or ph. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution, it will thrive in inner city environments, and it will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. You should consider applying thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations.

General Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Information


If pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback.

Garden Uses

Dwarf Hinoki cypress is an evergreen shrub with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature, great vertical accent, a wonderful choice in mass plantings, and great choice as a hedge or screen.

Quick Facts

  • Genus: Chamaecyparis
  • Species: obtusa
  • Variety: ‘Sunny Swirl’
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 7 (hardy to -20F)
  • Habit: Dwarf
  • Plant Height: 6 feet to 8 feet at maturity
  • Plant Width: 24 inches to 3 feet at maturity
  • Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
  • Maintenance: Easy care
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained
  • Soil: Normal, loamy
  • Uses: Border, containers, foliage interest

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