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Lawson false cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwoodii'

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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.

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

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

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

  • Genus : Chamaecyparis
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Winter Interest
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  1. laurajacksonbailey 01/06/2015

    I bought a Lawsoniana Ellwoodii from the store. Wanted a very small Christmas tree. It stands about 1 1/2 ft. . Thought we could plant it in our 1800 sq foot back yard in the spring. Now the needles are very dry. Is this little tree on it last leg? Please help would like to see it have a chance to live.

    1. user-7007353 01/10/2015

      had the same problem with mine, turns out its stress and prefers outside then inside

  2. user-7007353 01/10/2015

    Had the same problem with mine, turns out its stress and prefers outside then inside

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    SherryAPrice 10/13/2018

    Great post.

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    JesusRCollin 11/17/2018

    Very Wonderful Post.

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    SHMONG 11/19/2018

    Gorgeous collection of leaves.

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