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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Lawson Falsecypress

Pronunciation
kam-uh-SIP-uh-ris law-Sohn-e-ana
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Family
Nativity

Southern Oregon to northern California.

Growth Habit

Pyramidal tree.

Hardiness
5
Culture

Sun, with cool, moist atmosphere and root conditions. Does not grow as well as other falsecypress in the Delaware Valley.

Facultative Status
Facultative Upland
Landscape Use

The species can be an impressive specimen or alle tree. The cultivars work well in larger rock gardens and where other dwarf conifers would be used.

Foliage

Opposite, approximately 1/4" long. The lateral pair of scalelike leaves larger than the facial pair. Leaves typically with oil glands. Branchlets flatt

Bark

Silvery brown to reddish brown, deeply ridged and furrowed.

Flower

Monoecious, staminate- pink to crimson pistillate- steely blue.

Fruit

Cones, 1/3" and globose, 8 peltate scales.

Propagation

Seed, cutting, graft.

Pests
Root rot can be severe.
Cultivars

'Alumii' - columnar, blue foliage to 25'.

'Columnaris' - tight columnar habit, 15 - 20'.

'Oregon Blue' - broad, columnar, with blue foliage.

'Pembury Blue' - conical 25' (?), best blue (?).

'Stewartii' - conical to 30', golden yellow foliage.

'Winston Churchill' - conical, golden yellow foliage.

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