Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Erika' / Erika Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Erika' is a glow-growing, upright, bushy selection of Hinoki cypress; with wiry branching, and soft, gray-green juvenile foliage that turns purple in winter in colder climates. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar originated as texture sport found on a specimen of C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis', in the mid-1970s by J.W. Archer, and later introduced to the nursery trade by Don Hatch of the United Kingdom.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Erika' This picture was taken during the Conifer Society tour of the Dawes Arboretum during a tour in 2004.
Photo by Ken Church