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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Broomhill's Gold

Lawson's Cypress

Slow growing with golden foliage

An upright, evergreen conifer with yellow-gold leaves, brightest in spring, turning yellow-green as the year progresses.


This cone-shaped, compact plant looks great as a specimen and makes a dense, colourful screen. Happy in sun or light shade with protection from cold winds.


Easy to grow and happy in any well-drained soil, able to cope with drought once established. Unhappy in waterlogged soils.

Lawson's cypress all originate from seed collected in Oregon and California, USA and sent to Lawson Nursery near Edinburgh in Scotland in 1854. The modern cultivars spring from these plants.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1140 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 190 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December