Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree' / Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree Hinoki cypress

Nomenclature inconsistencies. There are many varying names for this cultivar in the nursery trade, most of which are abbreviations of the rather lengthy full name. Most commonly seen are 'Golden Ceramic' and 'Lynn's Golden' (as listed this way in the RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers). The desires of a cultivar's originator will always have greatest priority in this database.


Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree' is a slow-growing, erect and partly open-branched selection of Hinoki cypress with yellow and green foliage. It is similar to Ch. obtusa 'Nana Lutea' but is smaller growing and of a lighter creamy white with deep bronzy-yellow tips in winter. It should be noted that in spite of its golden foliage, this cultivar does not scorch in full sun. Typical rate of growth is 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) a year, resulting in a small sculpted tree 40 inches tall by 20 inches wide (100 x 50 cm) after 10 years in the landscape.

Henry Weissenberger, a protege of Ed Rezek of Malverne, Long Island, NY found the original seedling in the mid 1980s that was to become 'Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree.' He named it for his wife.

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree' at Vista Gardens near Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo by Jody Karlin
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree' — a fantastic mature tree.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Lynn's Golden Ceramic Christmas Tree' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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