Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Ericoides' / ericoid Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Ericoides' is a dwarf, globose selection of Hinoki cypress with radiating, ascending branching; and coarse, steely blue juvenile foliage that turns purple in winter in colder climates. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated in Japan long ago, and first imported to the European nursery trade in the 1860s. Some botanical authors have compared specimens with C. obtusa 'Chabo yadori', created speculation that multiple clones may lay claim to this cultivar name.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Ericoides' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler