Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Juniperoides Compacta' / compact juniper-leaf Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Juniperoides Compacta' is a diminutive, cushion-shaped selection of Hinoki cypress that bears similarities to C. obtusa 'Juniperoides', but grows slower, has more compact branching, and is somewhat lighter green in color. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 inches (10 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of one-half inch (1 cm).

This cultivar was one of several miniature Hinoki seedlings grown and selected around 1910 by George Gardiner, former nursery foreman at R.H. Rogers & Sons Red Lodge Nursery of Chandler Ford, United Kingdom. Red Lodge began introducing these "tennis ball" seedlings in the early 1920s. They are excellent choices for rock gardens and trough/container culture.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Juniperoides Compacta' in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Photo by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, via Wikipedia, CC by SA 4.0

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