Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Stoneham' / Stoneham Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Stoneham' is an extremely slow-growing, cushion-shaped (squatly conical with age) selection of Hinoki cypress with layered branches and branchlets, and nice green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure only 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 8 inches (20 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of well under 1 inch (1 - 2 cm).

This cultivar was one of several miniature Hinoki seedlings grown and selected around 1910 by George Gardiner, former nursery foreman at R.H. Rogers & Sons Red Lodge Nursery of Chandler Ford, United Kingdom. Red Lodge began introducing these "tennis ball" seedlings in the early 1920s. They are excellent choices for rock gardens and trough/container culture.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Stoneham' — a perfectly grown mature specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Stoneham' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Stoneham' in the Gotelli Collection of at U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., May 2006 — clearly an ancient specimen that has likely reverted over time.
Photo by Dax Herbst


Al Holmes

the Hinoki Cypress was cultivated at W.H Rogers nursery in Bassett , 2 miles outside of Southampton by my 3 times great uncle William Rogers