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Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress*

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tetragona Aurea'

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Golden Fernleaf Falsecypress


A very slow growing variety with scalloped green and golden foliage with a hint of rust; may reach only 5 feet at maturity with a roughly conical shape; a perfect choice for the residential landscape, the garden as an accent plant, or in containers

Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tetragona Aurea') at Hicks Nurseries

Ornamental Features

Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress has attractive gold-variegated dark green foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tetragona Aurea') at Hicks Nurseries

Landscape Attributes

Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

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 particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Tetragona Aurea Hinoki Falsecypress makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag – this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details