Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' / Meroke Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' is a slow-growing, strongly upright dwarf selection of Hinoki cypress with nice golden-yellow foliage and creamy yellow highlights. It bears a superficial resemblance to C. obtusa 'Little Marky.' After 10 years of growth, a mature plant will measure 2.5 feet (75 cm) tall and 1 foot (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 3 inches (7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1980s by Joe Reis, Merritt, Long island, New York.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' — a mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' — a 2004 accession at the New York Botanical Garden,The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' in The Gotelli Collection, US National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst