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Limerick Chamaecyparis / False Cypress

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Product Code: CHALIM1

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Limerick' - Limerick Hinoki False Cypress

Overall Description

Limerick Chamaecyparis is a semi-dwarf, brightly colored version of Hinoki False Cypress that actually has a nice pyramidal growth habit as it matures into a small tree form. Foliage is fairly typical of most C. obtusa ( Hinoki Cypress ) varieties, with golden yellow being the predominant shade of foliage when planted in locations with good sun exposure. If planted in part sun / part shade locations, some yellow will give way to a more "lime green" center with bright yellow accents around the outer foliage areas. From our experience, Limerick appears to be one of the few true Chamaecyparis varieties that thrives, and actually prefers a full sun location without foliage burn.

Makes a drop dead beautiful accent plant for most any area where a small to medium sized colorful splash is needed to break up darker foliaged mass plantings. Can even be used in container gardening situations so long as adequate container size ( 10 gal or so ) is used once this tree begins to mature. For maximum color display, we suggest planting in a good sunny spot, and using plenty of mulch & peat mixed thoroughly into the surrounding soil.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 4 - 6 ft

--Mature Width :
3 - 4 ft - widest at base, tapering on up to the top

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 3" - 7" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to light shade - adapts to a wide range of conditions. Growth rate will be slightly slower, and coloration will be more lime green in shadier spots.

--Soil Preference :
Rich, fertile soil with good drainage - mulch & peat mixed throughout works great. Prefers slightly acidic soils. Mulching strongly recommended.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - nice golden yellow colored foliage is arranged in flattened fan-like sprays. Medium texture, somewhat similar to that of most Arborvitae species.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - small rounded cones are occasionally seen on mature specimens, but not in any great quantity. Cones are spherical, and about the size of a large pea. Cones start out as a light blue green color, and ripen to a coppery brown..

--Diseases / Insects :
No real pests or diseases to worry about with this variety. Biggest threat would be damage from high winds - does not like exposure to areas with strong wintry winds.

--Recommended Spacing :
No specific spacing - depends on the intended use

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 -9 -10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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