Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Argentea' / dwarf silver Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Argentea' is a dwarf, upright selection of Hinoki cypress with dense compact branching, and white-variegated foliage. It is similar in appearance to C. obtusa 'Mariesii' and thought be many to be synonymous. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 to 4 feet (1 - 1.3 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 5 inches (7.5 - 12.5 cm).

This cultivar originated in the early 1900s and introduced to the nursery trade by Veitch Nurseries of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Argentea' — a specimen seen in The Gotelli Collection at The U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.; photo from May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst