Native to Japan, Hinoki cypress is a slow growing evergreen conifer that grows 50-75 ft tall with a pyramidal habit. It features spreading branches that droop at the ends and drooping flat frond like branchlets bearing small scale like leaves. The main branches are dense and spreading and may droop to the ground, and the sprays of foliage are held in flat planes. Dark green scale like leaves of Hinoki cypress are borne in pairs of two unequal sizes and shapes with white markings beneath. Adult leaves are like closely overlapping scales; leaves on juvenile branchlets and young plants don't overlap and are shaped more like tiny awls or broad needles. Hinoki cypress has an attractive, shredding, reddish-brown bark which peels off in long narrow strips on mature trees. The cones of Hinoki cypress are small, 8 scaled, orange brown and about 1/2 inch in diameter. Perfect for an attractive bonsai.
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