Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Coralliformis' / coral-form Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Coralliformis' is a slow-growing, bushy selection of Hinoki cypress with with curled, twisted, intertwining branches and thread-like, glossy-green foliage that is often fasciated at the tips. This plant resembles Ch. obtusa 'Lycopoides' but is less coarse in foliage structure and smaller in stature. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and wide, an annual rate of growth of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

'Coralliformis' is a very old cultivar in the nursery trade of unknown origin. It is thought to have been selected in Germany and first described by Ludwig Beissner in 1909.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Coralliformis' — a nice mature specimen at a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Coralliformis' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger