Koster's False Cypress

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Soft as Silk Koster’s False Cypress

  • Fantastic Flat Green Branches
  • Foliage is Soft and Scaly to the Touch
  • Compact, Wide Pyramidal Form
  • Lovely Bronze Fall Color
  • Stunning Japanese Garden Accent
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Great in Containers
  • No Pruning Required

False Cypresses as a general rule of thumb are already full of unique characteristics. Somehow though, they've truly outdone themselves this time with Koster's False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri').

Whoever Koster was, their garden must have been a lovely place to be indeed. This false cypress is a rather petite evergreen tree but its visual impact is unprecedented!

Koster's has flat sprays of bright green foliage. This gives it a distinctly pyramidal shape jam-packed with character!

Imagine, never having to think about pruning. Koster's False Cypress stays neat and compact without the help of a shear whatsoever!

While it may not have any flowers, this evergreen shrub looking tree makes up for it with its fantastic fall show. Each year as the days get crisper, the flat, horizontal branches turn a brilliant coppery-bronze! Perhaps it simply doesn't want to be outdone by the maple and oak trees.

If you were to take a closer look at the leaves, you'd find that they are actually quite scaly, a fascinating texture not often found on foliage.

Now, taking it one step further, if you were to snag the tip of a branch or two and crush it, you'd find yourself surrounded by a lovely earthy aroma. Potpourri anyone?

Add a dash of design to your garden with a Koster's False Cypress. Order yours today to finish your garden projects!

How to Use Koster's False Cypress in the Landscape

Ordered your Koster's False Cypress? Now the fun part, picking how to use it! Before giving yourself a headache with all those choices, hear us out.

This slow growing shrub, sometimes called the hinoki cypress, staying an a neat dwarf pyramidal shape. This makes it perfect as an accent in your gardens or backyard.

Try pairing it with a Japanese Maple near a water feature to turn your outdoor space into the most incredible Japanese garden.

Of course, if you don't have a water feature, Koster's False Cypress would also look amazing as the backdrop for your perennial flower beds, accenting rock gardens or mixed borders.

If you have a container in need of the "thriller" in its thriller and spiller combo, consider this false cypress. It'll stay just about the perfect size to greet newcomers on each side of your entryway.

Is your garden missing that special specimen to take its island planting to the next level? Since Koster's matures into a dwarf shrub, it'll fit perfectly without overtaking the area!

#ProPlantTips for Care

This false cypress doesn't want for much. It's a generally happy plant as long as it's given a few simple things.

When planting, try to keep it in a spot that will receive full sun. However, it will tolerate light shade quite well.

It's always important to check the soil when picking a forever home for plants. Koster's False Cypress appreciates well drained soils best. Regular water is helpful and once it's established this evergreen can tolerate some drought.

If you live in a particularly open area, you might consider giving this plant some cover from potentially drying winds.

If you aren't currently, we suggest adding a layer of mulch around the bottom of your plants. Not only does it make gardens look cleaner, but it also helps protect the root system from the harsh summer heat. It'll also help conserve water!

There are few better ways to add texture to the landscape than by strategically planting a Koster's False Cypress or two. Order yours today from our expert growers here at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Koster's False Cypress Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring