Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kerdalo' / Kerdalo Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kerdalo' is an irregular, globose, spreading dwarf selection of Hinoki cypress with light golden foliage and darker tips. Its best coloration is in full sun but it can take some shade. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 32 to 40 inches (80 - 100 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

In 1965, Prince Peter Woklonsky, the son of Czarist Russian refugees who had fled to France, created in Brittany what many believe is one of the greatest private gardens in post-WW II Europe. He called it Kerdalo and it was here that a witches’ broom developed on a Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Crippsii’ that led to this cultivar. It first appeared in the trade in 1991 in the Netherlands.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kerdalo' — a perfect specimen photographed in the Flora Wonder Arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kerdalo' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery