Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Graciosa' / gracious Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Graciosa' is a large, upright, pyramidal selection of Hinoki cypress with fairly open structure and bright green, typical feathery foliage. New Zealand's Red Lodge Nursery describes it as, "A "gracious" sport of 'Nana Gracilis'". After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure an excess of 6 feet (2 m) tall and two-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a mutation on Ch. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' and was introduced to the nursery trade in the mid-1930s by Leen Konijn Nurseries, Ederveen, The Netherlands. John Lewis, while compiling The International Conifer Registry in the late 1980s suggested that the long-abandoned cultivar name, 'Loenik' should be the proper listing for this plant. However, since 'Graciosa' has been long universally accepted, it's unlikely that this suggestion will ever gain traction.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Graciosa' — an old mature plant at a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Graciosa' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Graciosa' — a new plant ready for planting.
Photo by Don Levesque