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How to Care for Hinoki Cypress

By Jason M. Bruner ; Updated September 21, 2017
Hinoki cypress trees are evergreens that are native to Japan.

The hinoki cypress is a tree native to Japan that has been around for thousands of years. Timber from the larger hinoki cypress was used to construct temples in early Japan and can now be found in Japanese gardens. The hinoki cypress is recognized by its dark green, flat foliage and bark that peels away from the trunk in long, thin strips. These slow-growing evergreens can grow to a height of 70 feet, but smaller dwarf varieties, commonly found in gardens, grow 6 to 8 feet tall.

Plant the hinoki cypress in an area that receives full/partial sunlight for the majority of the day in well-draining soil. The planting area should not pool or hold water.

Break apart the ground around the planting location using a spade shovel.

Mix in equal portions of peat moss and sand into the loosened planting soil to promote drainage.

Water the hinoki cypress tree frequently for the first month to keep the soil around the tree moist to the touch, not soaked. After the first month, water the tree as needed or when the soil around the tree is dry to the touch.

Fertilize the hinoki cypress tree with a fertilizer designed for evergreen trees, to promote optimal growth. You can purchase fertilizer designed for evergreen trees at your local garden specialty store.

Prune the hinoki cypress tree as needed. Prune away any dead or diseased branches from the tree or any branches that are browning. Use sharp pruning shears to make your cuts.


Things You Will Need

  • Spade shovel
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Hinoki cypress trees grow best in full sun conditions, but can grow in partial sunlight as well.


  • Waterlogged soil can increase the chances of root rot, fungal growth and disease.

About the Author


Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on various websites.