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 Ch. 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' in The Gotelli Collection, US National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke' — a mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger