Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Flabelliformis' / Flabelliformis Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Flabelliformis' is a tiny, slow-growing globose dwarf form of Hinoki cypress with little fan-shaped sprays of lustrous light-green foliage. Typical rate of growth in most areas is around 1.5 inches (4 cm) per year, resulting in an attractive sculpted gem 15 inches (40 cm) tall and wide after 10 years in the garden. This is a great choice for use in a rock garden or mixed dwarf conifer border as it will take a very long time to outgrow its given space.

George Gardner, nursery foreman at W.H. Rogers and Sons nursery, Chandlers Ford, Great Britain is credited with the origin and introduction of the cultivar. It is a seedling selection that was made around 1910 and introduced in the early 1930s.

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Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012 Kingsblue Press

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Flabelliformis' — a 10 foot (3 m) specimen that was accessioned in 1971 as a rooted cutting. Photo taken November 16, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Flabelliformis' - detail showing fans of foliage, photographed November 16, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Flabelliformis' - foliage detail showing the scale-like leaves, photographed November 16, 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts
Photo by John Waskiewicz

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