Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea'
Modern landscaping philosophy foregrounds immediate, or almost immediate, gratification: plant something that grows into full size very quickly. Just as quickly, however, that plant becomes oversized. Nana Lutea, a dwarf cypress native to Japan, on the other hand, is an incredibly slow-growing shrub, growing only 2"-3" per year and reaching a mature height of 5'-8.' During the growing season, the rich green foliage exhibits yellow tips at the ends of the leaves. In the winter, the entire foliage turns yellow.
Designing for the future means utilizing slower-growing plants. Nana Lutea, growing only 2"-3" per year, fits the bill very well. Because of its slow growth and attractive physique, it also makes an excellent addition to rock gardens.
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