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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis'

Whenever you see the word nana or its variants as part of a plant name, you can be certain that you've encountered a dwarf type (think nanotechnology). 'Nana Gracilis' hinoki cypress is no exception – after thirty-one years, this individual in the Alpine Garden has only reached two meters (6ft.) or so in height, whereas a mature individual of the wild species can reach forty meters (110ft.).

Read more about the species hinoki cypress on the conifers.org web site: Chamaecyparis obtusa.

Evolution resource link: Darwin, an online exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History.

8 Comments

Is it true that the term, "dwarf", simply means slow growing as opposed to "nana" or "pigmy" which designate small growers?

Chamaecyparis obtusa - Z6 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Chamaecyparis obtusa - Z4-8 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' - Z4 - Heronswood catalogue, Hinkley

Conifer Society has dwarf and slow-growing conifers organized into specific categories based on growth rate. Try their web site, in think the schedule is posted there. Stearn, BOTANICAL LATIN (David & Charles) says nanus means dwarf.

Will this conifer do well in a south-facing situation, but where it is surrounded with taller, deciduous trees? I would say an open shade position.

I visited Botanical Gardens for the first time today and fell in love with this sweet little thing. Is there a place I can buy a 'Nana Gracilis' in BC? And yes I know, it takes 30 years to get it there...

I have the Chamaecyparis Obt Gracilis. I have noticed when touching it a powdery dust appears.
Is there a fungus or disease? If so how do I treat it? The problem would be that it is right next to a Japanese Koi pond. Any ideas or suggestions?

Will this plant withstand the cold winters in Canada (Saskatchewan)?

Probably not with those zone ratings.

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