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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Ellwood's Gold

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Lawson's Cypress

Slow growing upright form with bright yellow new foliage

A tough, versatile conifer and a popular choice. It has a neat, upright, columnar shape. The yellow-green leaves have feathery, gold tips, particularly on the new growth in spring.

Where?

Slow to grow, it is happiest in a sheltered sunny spot and ideal as a focal point in a bed, border 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

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Skin irritant
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Clay, Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage 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 Rock garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From January to December