Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Aurea’ – Alaskan Cedar is typically a medium to dark green or blue-green in color. ‘Aurea’ has a bright yellow new growth that is strongest when in full sun. The growth will turn yellow-green later in the season. Not as large or as fast growing as the green forms, it will nonetheless become a substantial tree. Find an open place for this conifer to flourish and provide plenty of moisture.
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Glauca’ – The blue-green form of Alaskan Cedar will grow as an upright pyramid and this cold hardy plant will grow in sun to part shade. While upright when young, the branches become more horizontal with age and the tips will droop slightly. Give this one plenty of water, but do not plant in soggy soils. It can be used as a hedge or a single specimen.
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ – The Weeping Alaskan Cedar is a large, stately specimen of a conifer. It has a strong central leader, arching branches, and severely cascading branchlets that create a very dramatic effect. Dark green in color, it thrives in full sun with plenty of moisture. It can tolerate a little shade as well. While generally planted singly, it can be used to create a large, unusual, and interesting hedge.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Crippsii’ – This bright yellow conifer is a colorful addition to any sunny garden. The fern–like foliage keeps its color best in full sun to light shade. Shading will cause the foliage to go green. A moderate grower up to 15 feet or more, it has a loose habit, but with light shearing can be kept full. As with other Hinoki Cypress, plant in moist, well-drained soil.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Compacta’ – Compact Hinoki Cypress is a moderate growing conifer reaching a height of 16 to 20 feet. It is broadly conical, with deep, rich green foliage that is very dense. Plant this beauty in full sun or just a little shade, give it some room and enjoy this beautiful specimen.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides’ – Also called Fernleaf Hinoki Cypress, this small tree can be planted in full sun to partial shade. It is very upright and pyramidal with branches of flat, fern-like, dark green leaves. If left alone, it has an open, somewhat loose habit. With some shearing, it can become a dense, conical specimen.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides Aurea’ – This is the golden form of the Fernleaf Hinoki Cypress. The golden color is brought out best in sun to partial shade. This is a beautiful golden accent plant for any garden. Treat it as you would the Cham. o. ‘Filicoides’.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Graciosa’ – This form of Hinoki Cypress has a much lacier foliage than many of the other varieties. It has an upright, rounded form that is a brighter green than its parent plant. The habit of this small tree is looser than other varieties and will benefit from a light shearing. This is a beautiful specimen for a sunny location.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Kosteri’ – This form of Hinoki Cypress is a must-have for any conifer collector. The layered, rich green foliage gives this plant a unique appearance. No two of these plants are identical, and the broad low outline should make you give this beauty a place of prominence in any garden. Plant in full sun to partial shade with good drainage and good moisture.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Lycopodioides Aurea’ – Also known as Golden Clubmoss Cypress, this Hinoki is an upright, irregular grower up to 6 feet tall. This unique conifer will benefit from a little shade, so the bright yellow color will jump out at you in this setting. The foliage can have cock’s comb tips for added interest. This unusual conifer is considered rare.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’ - Dwarf Hinoki Cypress is one of most favored of the dwarf conifers, so every rock garden should have at least one. Very slow growing, it can get from 3 to 5 feet with each plant having its own unique shape. The cupped, dark green leaves and irregular growth pattern make this a welcome and needed addition to all conifer collections. Plant this dwarf in full to part sun with adequate moisture.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’ – This dwarf Hinoki Cypress grows only a couple of inches per year. The yellow new growth stays vibrant throughout the year. Plant this dwarf conifer in a partly shaded location, where it will not burn from too much sun and will offer a bright spot in a rock garden. The form develops into an upright conical plant with age.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’ – Commonly known as Slender Hinoki Cypress, this graceful upright conifer grows up to 6 inches a year. The branches arch away from the trunk and give this plant an open yet architectural look. It has dark green leaves with a lighter underside and does well in a sunny location. Adequate moisture and good drainage are required.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Tetragona Aurea’ – One of the golden forms of the Hinoki Cypress, this upright conical conifer benefits from a semi-shady setting. It has fern-like foliage on branches that seem to spray away from the trunk. A light shearing on occasion will keep this plant a very handsome addition to a shady garden. Since it can reach 15 to 20 feet, give it some room. Some literature describe it as a dwarf, it is not. Provide good soil moisture coupled with good drainage and this yellow beauty will light up a shady corner.
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Aurea’ – An old fashioned conifer not widely grown anymore, but we still do. A strong growing upright plant, Golden Sawara Cypress retains its color throughout the winter. For best color, plant this in a sunny location. It will, however, tolerate a great deal of shade and could be a hemlock substitute, but will lose its golden color.
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Juniperoides Aurea’ – The juniper-like foliage gives this plant at least its Latin name. It has bright yellow new growth over green foliage and is categorized as a dwarf. The globe shape makes this conifer a bright spot in a sunny or partly shady rock garden. Occasional light shearing will help keep this little conifer neat and tidy.
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Plumosa Aurea’ – The Golden Plume Cypress is a moderate growing broadly upright conifer that can reach 20 to 30 feet in height. The bright yellow new growth holds well through the summer and dulls somewhat in winter. This handsome conifer wants good moisture, good drainage, and a sunny open location.
Chamaecyparis thyoides – Also known as White Cedar, this East Coast native is exceptionally rugged. It is very tolerant of moist and even boggy situations but wants a very sunny location and is called upon in wetland mitigation projects. The bluish-green foliage has both needle-like and scale-like leaves. It is an upright grower attaining a size up to 30 to 40 feet.
Chamaecyparis thyoides ‘Aurea’ – Shrubbier form of White Cedar with a golden color, the habit is looser and more open, but with a little shearing, it can be kept full. This one is also tolerant but is not demanding of wetter conditions. It should be planted in full sun to keep the color strong.
Chamaecyparis thyoides ‘Red Star’ – This is a dwarf form of the White Cedar. Very upright and dense habit, this conifer will grow 1 to 4 inches per year and can reach a height of 6 feet. The juvenile growth has a star shape and is a bright green. In winter, it will turn plum-purple, so a dusting of snow will really show it off.