Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Albospica' / white-tipped Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Albospica' is a slow-growing, loose, bushy, conical shrub-form of Hinoki cypress with dense branching and cristate branchlets. In spring, new growth is yellowish white, fading to green later in the summer. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 to 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) tall and 1.5 to 2 feet (40 - 60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This is an old cultivar of unknown origin. It is thought to have been in cultivation in Europe since the mid-1800s and was first described by English botanist, George Nicholson in 1867.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Albospicata' in The Gotelli Collection, The US National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Albospica' — a mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Albospica' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger