Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea' / Dwarf Golden Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea' is a dwarf, loose, pyramidal, very slow growing selection of Hinoki cypress with dense, irregular, compact, golden yellow leaves, mixed with creamy yellow and some green. After 10 years of growth, a specimen will be considered mature at 3 to 4 feet (1 - 1.3 m) tall and 2/3 as wide, a growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) per year.

This is a very old cultivar that originated in Japan long ago. French botanist, Élie-Abel Carrière, Paris, first described it in botanical literature in the mid-1860s. In the Latin language, "nana aurea" translates into "dwarf gold."

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers, at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea' — Green Industry Images Copyrighted Photo; Donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Aurea' in the Harper Collection, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, July, 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin

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