Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Emelie' / Emelie Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Emelie' is a miniature, cushion-shaped selection of of Japanese Hinoki cypress, with tight uniform branching, and nice, green, tiny sprays of foliage. It is purported to propagates easily and always looks great. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and 14 inches (35 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling, introduced around 2005 by Larry Stanley of Stanley and Sons Nursery, Boring, Oregon. It debuted at the 2005 ACS National conference plant auction. This conifer was named in honor of Emelie Snyder, spouse of Marvin Snyder, past ACS president. Both were renowned, long-time benefactors of the Society.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Emelie' — a photo taken by Dennis Groh of a small plant in 2005 in his home garden in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Emelie' — a young plant in a private garden in Kansas, USA; photo from October of 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier