dying golden hinoki cypress
Although Hinoki Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) transplants from a container into the garden pretty easily, it doesn't respond well to transplanting after that. Mulching with compost, as you've done, is a wonderful way to ease the transplant shock on the root system. Prune off the brown parts and shelter your cypress from wind that may dry and stress the plant. Water deeply when the soil is dry a couple of inches below the surface.