Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii' / Cripps' Golden Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii' is a widely grown, broadly conical, tree form of Hinoki cypress with spreading branches and pendant sprays of bright, golden-yellow foliage that is at its best in sunny settings. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual rate of growth of nearly 12 inches (30 cm).

It should be noted that 'Crippsii' is sensitive to extreme cold and drying winds, making it potentially ill-suited for use in the upper midwest of the United States.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1900s by T. Cripps & Sons Nursery, Thunbridge Wells Great Britain.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii' — photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden. Donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surratt
A 'Cripps' in Brunswick, ME, 2013. Note that its siting produces more pronounced yellow on the right side where it gets more sun.
Photo by Sean Callahan