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Posted by karencq 7 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 12, 12 at 19:13

I am in NYC and have a rooftop garden. My neighbor moved and left me two potted trees that I think are some type of chamaecyparis. They are in desperate need of a transplanting and have never had proper care; they look leggy to me. I would be grateful if someone can identify this picture and give me advice on how to pot them (size, medium, etc...) and properly care for them. They are about 6' tall. (I have never grown conifers so assume I know nothing about them! I do have other trees and shrubs growing in containers.)

Many thanks in advance. (sluice: thanks for the tip!)

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RE: chamaecyparis?

I can't figure out how to get the picture into the message, so here's a link.

Here is a link that might be useful: tree sample

RE: chamaecyparis?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 12, 12 at 19:46

Platycladus. Bigger pots than they are in now, in fresh potting soil intended for outdoor containers.

RE: chamaecyparis?

Might be Chamaecyparis obtusa. Have you got a pic of the whole plant(with pot)? So we can judge how much bigger the should be.

Posting pix at the link.


Here is a link that might be useful: Post-a-pic

RE: chamaecyparis?

Has Platycladus cones forming.

Loosen the roots very well and untangle all of them, and follow bboy's advice.


RE: chamaecyparis?

Yep, it's a Platycladus but I can't see which cultivar.
Do you've a pic of the whole plants as well?

RE: chamaecyparis?

I looked up some pictures and, yes, it's Platycladus. (But in VERY poor condition.) I will take a picture of it this afternoon and post it. Thanks very much to everyone!

RE: chamaecyparis?

Here they are. They are so scraggly. I truly hope I can bring them back to good health. Thanks, everyone!

RE: chamaecyparis?

They'd do much better planted directly in the ground, than in pots. Given their very-much-less-than-ideal situation, they actually look pretty good.


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