Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Care Sheet

General Description:

The elegant Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Bonsai Tree is originally native to Southern Japan and known for its classic, delicately fan-shaped foliage with a graceful branching appearance. This particular species is heartier than most varieties of the Chamaecyparis, and will thrive if given proper care. The bonsai flaunts vivid, dark green foliage with reddish-brown bark that sheds in strips, giving the greatly desired appearance of age. Please be sure to check out our full selection of wholesale bonsai trees for sale from our online nursery. If you subscribe online to our newsletter, you will get an exclusive discount on this bonsai.

Interesting Fact:

In Japan, Hinoki means “fire tree”, as this tree was used to start a fire through friction. The practice of using the Hinoki Trees to start fires is still used in some Shinto Shrines.


The Hinoki Cypress does well under even extreme cold, but we recommend that you protect it from temperatures that dip below 0 degrees as you do not want it to suffer from die-back. So, ensure that the tree is moderately protected from the cold wind and frost during the winter. If you choose to keep the tree inside during the winter, place it near a bright window and away from any heat source.


The Dwarf Hinoki Cypress needs full, outdoor sun in all but the hottest climates. If proper lighting is not provided, the branches will eventually turn brown and possibly die.


Watering can be “tricky” for this bonsai as they tend to be rather sensitive about moisture levels. The tree needs plenty of water, but not too much as you do not want to cause root rot. Conversely, the roots can never be allowed to dry out completely or it could possibly die – finding the proper balance is key! We recommend that you water your tree in the morning and be sure to check the moisture levels in the soil before you water again.


We recommend that you fertilize your bonsai from Spring to Autumn every two weeks, using an acidic fertilizer. Do not use lime to fertilize.


Trimming and pruning this tree can be slightly difficult. New growth will never come from old wood, so you need to be careful how you trim. This cypress will grow very rapidly during the summer and the tree is shaped most easily by consistently pinching off any new, unwanted growth. Do not use scissors to trim the branches, as the leaves will often turn slightly brown around the area of the cut. You can wire the branches at any point in time throughout the year, but we recommend that you wait at least three months after repotting to allow for healthy root growth first.

Potential Pests:

As always, the first line of defense in protecting you bonsai tree is to keep it healthy! Because this tree loves water, it is easy to overwater and cause root rot. Be very careful to avoid this! Also since it is a sun-loving tree, it can sometimes be left outside in the scorching sun, which will cause leaf burn. Both of these conditions will cause stress on the bonsai and leave it more prone to problems. If you notice scales, remove them manually by using a sharp knife to scrap them off the bark. Then, be sure to apply rubbing alcohol to the outside shell to kill the eggs otherwise they might come back to visit you! Please be sure you check out our full selection of bonsai trees for sale after you have read up on the Dwarf Hinoki Cypress.


We recommend that you repot your tree every 2 to 4 years in the Spring when your bonsai is still young, and every 3 to 5 years after 10 years of age. It is usually best to use a fast draining soil, which will help prevent again root rot, and cut away up to one half of the root ball. The roots of this tree are very vigorous, so they need to be cut back!

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