Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Confucius' / Confucius Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Confucius' is an informal, bushy, golden selection of Hinoki cypress that, although superficially similar to Ch. obtusa 'Nana Aurea,' is slightly faster growing and more spreading in structure with flattened sprays of foliage. Foliage is bright creamy yellow-green with bronze-green tips in winter that contrast with brown stems. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 to 5 feet (1.3 - 1.6 m) tall and two-thirds as wide, an annual rate of growth of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1980s at Duncan & Davies Nursery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Noteworthy is that the plant was originally listed as Ch. obtusa 'Confucious,' an obvious misspelling. In 1992, the nursery trade began accepting the corrected cultivar name.

Chamaecyparis obtusa'Confucius' — a large old specimen in a public arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa'Confucius' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

Comments

Charlyne Steele

I'm looking for a dwarf/miniature confucius hinoki cypress BUSH. I can't have a tree, so I need a small plant that I can place in a container and place that on my front porch (which gets some sun and some shade). Am I ever going to find one and, if so, any suggestions as to where?

David Olszyk

This is a confusing question. Where do you live? Every good garden center I've been to, nearly everywhere has a least a few dwarf / miniature Hinokis. In addition, if you're an ACS member, who can mail-order from Stanley & Sons Nursery in Boring Oregon. He carries scores of different dwarf and mini Hinokis.