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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Burford's Gold

Lawson's Cypress

Slow growing with golden tipped foliage all year long

A slow growing conifer with a handsome shape that keeps its colour well through the seasons.


It enjoys an open but sheltered spot in full sun. This plant is hardy and can be used to give focal point in a flower bed or border.


It is easy to grow and happiest in any deep, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. it is drought resistant once established, but doesn't like 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 March - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 125 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Clay, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Gravel garden, Patio container, Rock garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to December