Conifer, evergreen, pyramidal, almost columnar, leading shoots nodding, branchlets usually frond-like and flattened, leaves opposite, scale-like. Cones globose, short-stalked, solitary, often ripening the first season. They do best in full sun in rich, moist, well-drained soil, with a cool, moist atmosphere. With the selection of appropriate cultivars, they often make good hedges, screens and foundation plants, some make excellent accent and specimen plants.
Chamaecyparis: from the Greek chama, on the ground, and kyparissos, cypress.