Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Mhondoro' / Mhondoro Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Mhondoro' is a diminutive, cushion-shaped selection of Hinoki cypress with irregular, clumpy branching. Foliage is dark, gray-green in color, and has a stubby threadlike structure with twisted tips. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 16 inches (40 cm) tall and 20 inches (50 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1.5 inches (4 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the mid 1990s by Iseli Nursery, Boring, Oregon.

[ Iseli Nursery provides the following description ] The name means "spirit of the land" in Swahili, a reference to the cultural significance of forest trees around the world, including in Oregon, where this cultivar was discovered. Unique, finely textured, filament-like foliage creates an open, airy quality distinct from other small cultivars. The elegant, rounded tree grows very slowly and stays low and small. Use in container, trough or small setting where the refined beauty and strong spirit will grace the garden in every season.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Mhondoro' — a nice, mature specimen in the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by Iseli Nursery Inc.