Plant of the Day – Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Elmwood’

The flat topped, rounded form of 'Elmwood' with its gold foliage fits well into landscapes.

The flat topped, rounded form of ‘Elmwood’ with its gold foliage fits well into landscapes.

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Elmwood’, sometimes seen as ‘Elmwood Gold’, makes a lovely rounded but somewhat flat-topped ball of gold in the garden.  The sprays of gold foliage are quite attractive all year through and the uniform shape of the plant makes it easy to put in a landscape.  We have found our plant to be quite burn resistant in full sun and have not had any errant growth.  Shaded portions of the plant such as interior branches will be green.  If reversions or long shoots appear, they should be pruned immediately.  Ultimate size is difficult to tell at this point but I would think it will slowly grow to about 6’-8’ in a decade, probably ultimately becoming wider than tall.

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Brilliant sprays of golden foliage make this a stunner.

Brilliant sprays of golden foliage make this a stunner.

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