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 foliage, 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-thirds 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."

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; photo from July 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin