Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kanaami hiba' / Kanaami hiba Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kanaami hiba' is an irregular growing upright selection of Hinoki cypress with stout, golden, stringy golden foliage growing on thickened branches. Cockscomb like fasciations are commonly seen at the branch tips. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This is a old cultivar that originated long ago in Japan. It was imported into Europe and introduced to the German nursery trade in the early 1900s. Curiously, it was originally listed as a Chamaecyparis pisifera cultivar.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kanaami Hiba' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Knaami hiba' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kanaami Hiba' — a nice mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger