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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Little Spire


Lawson's Cypress

Forms a compact upright tree

A slow growing, cone-shaped conifer with dark blue-green leaves throughout the year.


Loves an open, sheltered sunny spot. This tough, upright conifer makes a lovely focal point in the garden.


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
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Skin irritant
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, 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, Gravel garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From January to December