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Chamecyparis obtusa 'Butterball'

Chamecyparis obtusa 'Butterball' (common name; Hinoki falsecypress)

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I have a C. which is become quite is very yellow...and since it is one of the shrubs planted by the original owners I don't know it's pedigree. It had becoming so lanky that I took a pruning saw and removed all the undergrowth... leaving four main branches...and sheared the new growth so that it came in very full and plump... On a recent trip to the nursery I found shrubs for sale that had the same procedure...they look very ornamental and interesting...what do your think of this way of recycling older shrubs?

7 Oct, 2008


Lori, are you referring to what is loosely termed as cloud pruning, in a sort of Bonsai style ? If so then yes it can work with many types of mature dwarf conifers.

9 Oct, 2008


I have never heard the terminology 'cloud pruning' ... but it sounds like what I did, and the shrub does have a bonsai feel to it. I rather like the look of it. Saw some in the nursery at premium prices... very satisfying indeed!

10 Oct, 2008

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This photo is of species common name; Hinoki falsecypress.

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