Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurea' / golden Hinoki cypress
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurea' is a robust, pyramidal tree form of Hinoki cypress with rigid, open branching and bright, golden foliage intermixed with glossy green. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 10 inches (20 - 25 cm). Semi-dwarf, pyramidal, loose open habit, bright gold with green foliage.
This cultivar originated long ago in Japan. Renowned plant collector, Robert Fortune is credited with importing the first specimens to Europe in the 1860s on behalf of Standish Nursery, United Kingdom.
RECOMMENDED HARDINESS ZONES:
5 (-10 to -20 F / -23.3 to -28.9 C)
HORTICULTURAL STATUS: Established
COLOR: Yellow or Gold
TRINOMIAL TYPE: Cultivar
GROWTH SHAPE: Broad Upright or Oval
GROWTH SIZE: Large: greater than 12 inches (30 cm) per year / greater than 12 feet (4 m) after 10 years