Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pygmaea' / pygmy Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pygmaea' is a flat-topped, broadly globose selection of Hinoki cypress with spreading branches, reddish brown stems, and fan-shaped sprays of bronze-green foliage than becomes noticeably darker in winter in colder climates. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 to 2.5 feet (60 - 75 cm) tall and somewhat wider, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This is an old cultivar that originated in Japan long ago. English conifer collector, Robert Fortune brought the first plants to Europe in the 1850s and introduced it via the Royal Nursery, United Kingdom.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pygmaea' in The Gotelli Collection of The US National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pygmaea' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pygmaea'
Photo by Stephen Grubb