Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Sprite' / Golden Sprite Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Sprite' is one of the smallest known selections of golden Hinoki cypress, a true miniature that grows very slowly into a tight, somewhat irregular dome of congested sprays of foliage over many years. Closely-held fans develop bright yellow tips, with brighter color in sunnier positions, although trees will tolerate some shade. It is a perfect choice for rock garden, trough or other container for close-up viewing. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure only 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth of well under 1 inch (less than 1 cm).

This cultivar originated as one of many choice miniature Hinoki cypress seedlings selected in the 1960s by Joel W. Spingarn, Baldwin, Long Island, New York from seed sourced by fellow Long Islander, Henry Weissenberger.

Attribution from: Iseli Nursery Inc.; online catalog

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Sprite' — a perfect older specimen in the Flora Wonder arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Sprite' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Sprite' — a perfect mature specimen in the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.