Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Whorl' / Golden Whorl Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Whorl' is a squat, flattened, shrub-form of Hinoki cypress. Its golden foliage curls and forms interesting fasciations, creating a unique conversation piece in the garden. In winter, the golden foliage will take on a orange glow, creating pleasing seasonal interest. Typical rate of growth in most areas is around 1.5 inches (3 - 4 cm) per year, resulting in a 12 to 16 inch (30 to 40 cm) tall and wide shrub after 10 years in the landscape.

Although its origin is unknown at this time, it is believed that Stanley and Sons nursery in Boring, Oregon made this cultivar's American introduction around 2010.

Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer, RHS Encylopedia of Conifers, ©Kingsblue Press

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Whorl' — a mature specimen in a private garden.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Whorl' — an old specimen seen at Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Whorl' — a very nice closeup of a specimen at Cox Arboretum, Canton, Georgia.
Photo by Tom Cox
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Whorl' — a 6 year old specimen growing in partial shade. Color may be more intense in full sun.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Whorl' — a closeup of foliage detail. Color is somewhat muted probably due to time of year and that it is growing in partial shade. Has not burned to -15F growing in winter shade.
Photo by Bill Barger