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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' (Lawson false cypress)

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii' kam-ah-SIP-ar-iss law-so-nee-AY-nah Common Name: Lawson false cypress 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.
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 Hedge, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest
Type Trees

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