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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Green Pillar

Lawson's cypress 'Green Pillar'

Perfect for adding structure

A classic conical variety of Lawson’s cypress growing to 1.8m (6ft) or more. Upright, ascending sprays of bright green foliage form a narrow, compact cone, superb as a focal point in a bed or border or as a small stand-alone specimen. The new foliage has a distinctive golden tint in early spring becoming emerald as summer progresses. A good contrast to broad leaved evergreens and perfect for more formal planting schemes.


Plant in full sun or semi shade in a bed or border, or use as a screening shrub.


Any well-drained, but moist fertile soil. Dislikes extreme drought. No pruning required.

Lawson cypress was introduced in 1854 when seeds were sent from Oregon and California to P. Lawson and Sons Nursery, Edinburgh

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 500 cm - 700 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 350 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
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 Cottage garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December