The Q&A Archives: Chamaecyparis Thyoides Care Instructions

Question: We plan to plant an evergreen shrub hedge in our front lawn and have seen Chameaecyparis thyoides (Ericoides cultivar) at a local nursery that would seem to work well, but don't know much about this species or their hardiness. We live in Seattle. Our soil is pretty well drained in the location for the hedge. They will get full sun, western exposure. Any tips on care or planting instructions?

Answer: Chameaecyparis thyoides is the white pine. It's native to the eastern U.S. but will grow well in your northwestern garden. 'Ericoides' has a dense, compact growth habit. Provide full sun, well-draining soil, and regular water during the growing season for best performance.

Nothing special is required in planting - prepare the planting holes by digging them deeper and wider than the rootmass, then backfilling with native soil, creating a mound on the bottom of the hole. Drape the roots over the mound so they fall in a natural position then fill the hole, gently tamping the soil as you go. Be sure to plant at the same soil level as they were growing before. Water well after transplanting.

To keep your plants compact and tidy, shear them lightly each spring. Enjoy!

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