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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Aurora'
  • RHS AGM

hinoki cypress 'Aurora'

A dwarf, slow-growing conifer, compact and broadly conical in shape, with flattened sprays of rich, golden foliage. Colour deepens in winter.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Clay
Sand
Chalk
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Gold Green
Summer Yellow Gold Green
Autumn Yellow Gold Green
Winter Yellow Gold Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Cupressaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or part shade

Propagation

Propagate by grafting in late winter or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to damage from aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus and Phytophthora root diseases

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