Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Magnifica' / magnificent Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Magnifica' is a strong-growing, broadly conical, tree-form of Hinoki cypress with spreading branches; fan-shaped, reddish brown branchlets; and lustrous dark-green foliage. At maturity, a specimen will grow to heights of 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall with a width of 4 feet (1.3 m), a rate of growth 8 to 10 inches (20 - 25 cm) annually.

This cultivar originated around 1867, having been introduced to the nursery trade in the United Kingdom by Richard Smith. The nature of how this plant came about is unknown.

Attribution from: Aris Auders & Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012, Kingsblue Press

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Magnifica' — a specimen seen at the Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio, during the American Conifer Society conference in 2004.
Photo by Ken Church
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Magnifica' growing in northwestern Pennsylvania, USDA Zone 5b. Grows 3-5 inches per year at this size.
Photo by William Dunagin

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