Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Aurea’

golden hinoki cypress

  • © Iseli Nursery - Randall C. Smith

Outstanding Qualities

Golden highlights attire the outer foliage with the inner scales being a bright green on this handsome conifer which grows much larger than most of the dwarf varieties featured on this website, but is smaller than the wild species.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun with shade from the hot afternoon sun

Water Requirements: water occasionally or regularly in more sun.

Seasonal Interest: year-round colorful evergreen foliage

Culture Notes
Golden hinoki cypress thrives in well-drained, humus-rich soil in light shade. They can be grown in full sun with careful attention to watering during summer. In the warmer parts of the maritime Pacific Northwest provide protection from hot afternoon sun.