Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Chabo yadori' / Chabo yadori Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyaris obtusa 'Chabo yadori' is a slow-growing, globose, densely branched, shrubby form of Hinoki cypress with twisted branches of juvenile foliage mixed among attractive little sprays of olive-green adult foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 to 28 inches (50 - 70 cm) tall and 16 to 20 inches (40 - 50 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7 cm). As plants mature, they will become somewhat looser in texture and will present less of the juvenile foliage.

This cultivar originated long ago in Japan. In 1971 R.S. Corley, United Kingdom received Europe's first specimens from Dr. Tsuneshige Rokujo of Japan. Later H.G. Hillier disseminated the first plants throughout Europe.

Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Chabo-yadori' — a mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Chabo-yadori' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger