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Care of the plant Chamaecyparis or False cypress.

Care of the tree Chamaecyparis or False cypress

The genus Chamaecyparis, Cupresaceae family, includes 6 species of trees native to Japan, America and Taiwan. Some species are: Chamaecyparis obtusa, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, Chamaecyparis formosensis, Chamaecyparis pisifera, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, Chamaecyparis thyoides. There are many varieties with different colored leaves and dwarf bearing.

Common name: False cypress.

They are trees similar to cypresses, with a conical crown, but with more elegant leaves; the leaves are needle-shaped when young and scales when adults. They are usually dark green and tinged with light colors. They produce fruits in the shape of spherical cones.

False cypress are used as windbreaks, on walks, on rockeries and in pots for balconies and terraces (dwarf varieties). It's also suitable for bonsai.

Chamaecyparis needs semi-shade exposure and high humidity; it's ideal for coastal gardens.

The soil can be a mixture of 1/3 garden substrate, 1/3 coarse sand, and 1/3 peat. Planting is done in spring or autumn.

Water regularly once a week without ever flooding.

Fertilize in autumn with compost or manure and monthly in spring and summer with mineral fertilizer.

False cypress does not need pruning.

Chamaecyparis propagates by seeds but it is a complicated process; it's recommended to acquire the new specimens in nurseries and garden centers.

Images of the tree Chamaecyparis or False cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
Chamaecyparis obtusa
Chamaecyparis obtusa