Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdon' / Verdon's Hinoki cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdon' is an irregular-upright, dwarf selection of Hinoki cypress with a growth habit similar to that of C. obtusa 'Nana Gracilis.' It is a naturally irregular compact pyramid of dense, clean, bright-yellow foliage with hints of orange at the terminal growth, and a softly drooping leader. Despite the golden foliage, 'Verdon' is reasonably tolerant of full sun.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 1.5 feet (50 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of of 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by W.H. Rogers & Sons Nursery, Chandler Ford, United Kingdom and named for R.G. Verdon who was Rogers & Sons' nursery proprietor. The plant is almost always seen listed under the cultivar name, 'Verdonii' which presents an interesting conundrum. The original seedling was thought to have been selected around 1910, but not named and released to the nursery trade until 1966.

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdon' — in The Gotelli Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. during May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdon' — Green Industry Images, copyrighted photo.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Verdon' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger