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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Ellwood's Empire

Lawson's Cypress

Dwarf pillar like form

A small upright conifer with dense green leaves that have colourful yellow tips.

Where?

Slow growing, and happiest in a sunny spot, ideal as a focal point in a rock garden, or container.

How?

Happy in any well-drained soil and able to cope with drought once established. Unhappy in waterlogged soils. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

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 90 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 15 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