football cypress

Asked March 4, 2019, 10:07 AM EST

Is there a species of chamaecyparis obtusa compacta ( football cypress ) that grows only to 4' - 6' high? If so, what is the exact name? Will it grow in Charles County Maryland? Will it grow in partial sun? What ph does it require? Is it highly likely to become diseased or attacked by bugs?

Charles County Maryland

2 Responses

There is a cultivar of Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' that grows slowly to about 6' and has a spread of 3-4 feet. It makes a pyramidal bush and grows best in full sun in a moist well drained soil and moderately humid atmosphere. It needs protection from the wind and grows in neutral and acid soils. No specific disease or insect issues are listed. It is hardy from Zone 5-8.

'Nana' is slow growing to about 3' in height.
You may want to contact a large nursery or garden center for more information.


In general chamaecyparis is free of serious problems although blight, root rot, and some minor insects have been noted.