Lawson false cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii'

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Lawson false cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii')
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Synonyms:  Cupressus lawsoniana
Genus:  Chamaecyparis

This plant has a cypress-like, densely conical form with erect feathery branches of ovate blue-gray juvenile leaves. Oblong male cones emerge bluish black, opening brick red. Female cones are wrinkled and reddish brown, to one half-inch. A native of western North America, it is a very popular species since it is highly adaptable.

Care: 

Thrives in moist, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil in full sun. Prune dead branches if needed, but do not cut into old wood.

Propagation: 

Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Dwarf cultivars should be grafted in late winter or spring.

Problems: 

Spruce mite, twig blight, root rot, needle blights.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Winter Interest
Type
Trees

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii'