Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gimborn's Beauty' / Gimborn's Beauty Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gimborn's Beauty' is a slow growing, upright, tree form of Hinoki cypress, with open branching, and deep-blue juvenile foliage, with prominent white stomata on undersides. Occasionally, sprays of adult blue foliage will be present. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 to 5 feet (1.2 - 1.6 m) tall and 3 to 4 feet (1 - 1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a unique specimen found in Arboretum von Gimborn, by Jan van Bergen of Boskoop Nurseries, Pretoria, South Africa, who named this plant when, as a young man, he trained in his native Netherlands. This conifer is occasionally seen listed as 'Gerda von Gimborn-Dietz'.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Gimborn's Beauty' — foliage detal of a tree growing in my garden in Johannesburg, South Africa and is 6 feet (2 m) tall after 15 years of growth.
Photo by Ken Copeland