Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Sparkles' / Sparkles Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Sparkles' is a broadly conical, dwarf selection of Hinoki cypress with uniformly variegated yellow and green foliage. Structurally, it is similar to Ch. obtusa 'Tempelhof.' After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a branch sport found in the late 1980s on a specimen of Ch. obtusa 'Pygmaea' by Ron Radford at Osmaston Conifers, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Sparkles' — a mature specimen growing in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Sparkles' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger