Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' / Dwarf Golden Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' is a dwarf selection of Hinoki cypress with bright yellow foliage. The yellow color is a blend of golden yellow foliage and white foliage, the white often being a band interior to the golden yellow. If the plant is planted in full shade, the golden yellow foliage become lime-green. The sprays of foliage are dense and quite congested. It grows at about the same rate as its green counterpart, C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis', at about 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) per year, resulting in a dense sculpted shrub 50 inches tall by 30 inches wide (125 x 75 cm) after 10 years in the landscape.

This cultivar originated as a golden sport on a specimen of C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' found in 1966 by Jan Spek, Boskoop, The Netherlands. Its irregular dense form and golden color makes it a good focal point in the darker parts of the garden.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' — the plant pictured here is about 20 years old and 7 feet (2m) tall.
Photo by Charlene Harris
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' — a compact, slow-growing, golden yellow selection which has become very popular. A yellow alternative to `Nana Gracilis'.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' — Green Industry Images / copyrighted photo.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand