Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tsatsumi Gold' / Tsatsumi Gold Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tsatsumi Gold' is a flattened globose selection of Hinoki cypress with deep, golden-yellow chaotically intertwined branching. Secondary branchlets are more wiry and filamentous will often grow with random fasciations (cockscombs) at the tips. After 10 years of growth, a mature plant will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 5 inches (10 - 12.5 cm).

This cultivar originated in Japan and was first distributed across Europe in the early 1980s. It is assumed to have come from a golden sport on Ch. obtusa 'Tsatsumi.'

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Attribution from: Aris Auders & Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012, Kingsblue Press

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tsatsumi Gold' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Tsatsumi Gold' — a relatively young specimen in a large arboretum.
Photo by Bill Barger

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