Chamaecyparis Obtusa Gracilis 'Nana'
Every garden deserves to have a Chamaecyparis of some kind. Not only is it hardy in Zones 4 and 5, it adds such beauty and grace to the landscape. It is also a large genus which includes shrubs and trees from very dwarf to very tall. All are extremely slow growing, thus, a good specimen for the urban garden. These Japanese cypress are revered in Japan their native land.
I have two in my garden , 'Confucious ' and 'Templehof', both of which do very well in surviving the harsh climate here.
These are not your ordinary evergreens, they are very special, as you will see if you visit a garden center that stocks them. They are not cheap, but in my opinion, worth every penny.