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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' is often confused with:
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop' Form
Native alternative(s) for Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea':
Thuja occidentalis Thuja occidentalis
Tsuga canadensis Form
Tsuga caroliniana Tsuga caroliniana
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis' Form
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Sungold' Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Sungold'
Ilex vomitoria 'Taylor's Rudolph' ilex vomitoria 'Taylor's Rudolph' in early fall in Moore County
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea' has some common insect problems:
Bagworms in Ornamental Landscapes

'Nana Lutea' Hinoki Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea'

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
kam-ay-SIP-a-ris ob-TOO-sa
Description

'Nana Lutea' Hinoki cypress is a dwarf selection of Hinoki cypress, an evergreen shrub in the Cupressaceae (cypress) family with golden-yellow, fan-shaped foliage in overlapping layers and green interior foliage. The parent plant is native to Japan. The genus name comes from the Greek words chamai, which means dwarf, and kyparissos, which means cypress tree. 

Plant this cultivar in well-drained, moist soil and in sun to partial shade. Provide protection from the wind and in warm climates, afternoon shade is important. The yellow color is best in sun and will turn lime green in shade. It grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide in an irregular globe-shaped, upright habit.

This plant is excellent for use in Asian or rock gardens, or planted in the middle of a border to bring a unique look to the landscape.  Its small size makes it an excellent choice for a small hedge, a foundation planting, or even a container.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Somewhat susceptible to bagworms, root rot, and juniper blight.  See Clemson's publication on root rot.

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

 

 

More information on Chamaecyparis obtusa.

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Mountain Ridge Top Garden - East Lawn and Lower Drive Border
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#full sun tolerant#small spaces#specimen#shrub#slow growing#yellow leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#dwarf#hedges#needled evergreen#summer interest#rock garden#border planting#Asian garden#evergreen shrub#green leaves#border front#border middle#partial shade tolerant#yellow needles#semi-dwarf#dense growth#low hedge
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun tolerant#small spaces#specimen#shrub#slow growing#yellow leaves#low maintenance#winter interest#dwarf#hedges#needled evergreen#summer interest#rock garden#border planting#Asian garden#evergreen shrub#green leaves#border front#border middle#partial shade tolerant#yellow needles#semi-dwarf#dense growth#low hedge
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaecyparis
    Species:
    obtusa
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Irregular
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruit - female seed-bearing cones are green when immature turning to brown with male being orange brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers - the pollen bearing cones are small and often reddish, growing from the branch tips.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Scale-like bright yellow foliage grows in fan-shaped.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Red/Burgundy
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen