Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' / Juniper-leaf Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' is one of the most diminutive Hinoki cypress selections available in the nursery trade. The plant's overall structure is that of a dense cushion of fan shaped sprays with pointed tips, somewhat reminiscent of a Juniper. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure on 4 inches (10 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of less than 0.5 inch (1 cm).

This cultivar originated as one of the famous, "tennis ball seedlings" selected in the 1920s by George Gardiner, nursery foreman at W.H. Rogers & Sons' Red Lodge Nursery, Chandler Ford, United Kingdom. Seed was sourced from an old specimen of Ch. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' that set viable seed for a few years after the First World War. Murray Hornibrook assisted in naming many of these plants that, despite the passage of time, are still relatively easy to obtain.

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Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' — a nice mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' — a nice mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' — a magnificent, ancient specimen at the Flora Wonder arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Chamaeycparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Juniperoides' — another old specimen at the Flora Wonder arboretum, Gaston, Oregon. Talon has several fine examples of this conifer on his grounds.
Photo by David Olszyk

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