Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Nymph' / Golden Nymph Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Nymph' is a miniature to dwarf form of Hinoki cypress with an irregular conical growth habit and creamy-yellow foliage with darker bronze tips. "It is reminiscent of the irregular, open habit of dwarf C. obtusa 'Contorta' as it displays cupped, cheery yellow foliage and a breezy upright stature. Plants are quite narrow and consistently compact with a look that suggests a sculpture made of sunlit clouds." (Iseli nursery text) Typical rate of growth in most areas is 0.8 inch (2 cm) per year resulting is a nice golden hobbit form 8 inches (20 cm) tall and wide after 10 years in the garden.

Joel W. Spingarn of Baldwin, New York is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar in the mid 1960s. Joel's specialty was growing and selecting special Hinoki cypress seedlings. 'Golden Nymph' is one of this nicer selections.

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

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Nymph', 1977 accession, photographed at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Massachusetts on November 16, 2014.
Photo by John Waskiewicz
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Nymph' - foliage detail
Photo by John Waskiewicz