Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody' / Melody Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody' is a upright growing dwarf selection of Hinoki cypress with lacy, brilliant, lemon-yellow foliage that resists burning if full sun. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This cultivar, despite being a relatively recent addition to the nursery trade is of unknown origin. It is thought to have originated as a branch mutation on Ch. obtusa 'Graciosa' somewhere in the USA.

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody' — a nice mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody' — plants grown in full sun will be much lighter in color.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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