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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Elf'

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Miniature Cypress

Rounded habit and bright green foliage

Superb for rock gardens and troughs

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An excellent choice for a rock garden or trough, Chaemaecyparis obtusa ‘Elf’ is a miniature cypress that forms cushiony mounds of fern-like, bright green foliage. Creates all year-round texture and colour. Very slow growing, with an annual growth rate of less than 1 inch (2.5cm). Height: 20cm (8in). Spread 30cm (12in) in 10 years.

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 20cm (8in)
Spread Up to 30cm (12in)

Hardy Shrub

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full sun


1 x 2 Litre Potted Plant (Height 15cm+) (KF3115)

Grow Cypress trees in moist, well drained soil. Chamaecyparis prefers a neutral or acid soil but does tolerate chalky soils well. Choose a position in full sun.
Once established, Cypress trees require virtually no maintenance. When grown as a hedge, prune Chamaecyparis at any time between late spring and early autumn, taking care not to prune into older wood.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. While the majority of our nursery plants cope well with slight delays in intransit, sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this for some of our smaller plug products and tender bedding and vegetable lines, which do not respond well to the extra journey time. So regretfully while we offer the majority of our live plant offering nationwide, we are unable to ship plugs, begging plants and tender vegetable plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3.

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