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Tempelhof Falsecypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tempelhof'

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Tempelhof Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tempelhof') at Begick Nursery

Tempelhof Falsecypress

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Tempelhof Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tempelhof') at Begick Nursery

Tempelhof Falsecypress foliage

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


A real natural beauty, this is a compact evergreen shrub with dense sprays of solid green foliage held horizontally; slow growing, will remain compact without pruning; use as a solitary accent or in the garden, also makes a great hedge

Ornamental Features

Tempelhof Falsecypress is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its decidedly oval form. It has dark green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain dark green throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Tempelhof Falsecypress is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

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.

Tempelhof Falsecypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Tempelhof Falsecypress will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features