Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' / Golden Fernspray Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' is a medium-sized, upright growing selection of Hinoki cypress with a dense pyramidal growth habit and beautifully twisted golden, fern-like, flattened branches. It is similar to C. obtusa 'Tetragona Aurea' but has less orange and more lemon coloration. It also holds its branches more horizontal than 'Tetragona Aurea,' takes well to pruning, and grows much slower. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and half as wide, an annual rate growth rate of 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm). This selection always adds colorful interest and excitement in the landscape.

This cultivar was introduced to the nursery trade in 1970 by Duncan and Davies Nursery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Its precise origin is speculative at best, resembling plants raised by Barry Blackman listed as 'Kojolcohiba' in the Duncan and Davies catalogs. In actuality, it is intermediate between 'Kojolcohiba' and 'Tetragona Aurea.'

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' at the Jean Iseli Memoral Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' — a mature specimen photographed in 2004 at Blue Sterling Nursery, Bridgeton, New Jersey. Approximate height 10 feet.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger


Ann Diller

Can you get a start from a fernspray gold from a branch with root hormone on it?

A Ochla

Is it deer resistant?????

David Olszyk

If you mean, "is it toxic to deer," the answer is no. While Hinokis aren't a deer's favorite thing to eat, if they're hungry enough, they're going to eat it.