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Lawson’s Cypress Trees

The Lawson Cypress tree is a dense, evergreen and typically conically-shaped conifer native to California and Southern Oregon.  There are currently more than 200 cultivars of Lawson Cypress in existence across the globe, ranging in colour, shape and eventual size.  Though not native to Britain, since being imported in 1854, this species has become on of the most popular garden conifers, commonly found in parks and domestic planting spaces.

Lawson Cypress for small gardens

These trees are typically renowned for reaching particularly large heights in their native regions - up to 60m! However they won't reach this kind of stature when grown in the UK, albeit they do thrive here. In fact many of the ornamental Lawson Cypress varieties we supply are dwarf or small-scale cultivars, so they're ideal for planting in small gardens or modestly-sized landscaped areas, and are great candidates for being grown in a pot or planter.

Attractive features of Lawson Cypress trees

Our selection of trees are available in a variety of shapes including columnar and conical, as well as the wider, rounder spreads of the more shrubby varieties. They also vary in colour, from the vibrant gold of the Stardust variety to the silver-blue tones of the Pembury Blue.  The Snow White variety is particularly striking with it's icy-white tips creating the illusion of having been snow-kissed. Choosing a variety to match your planting scheme - or creating an impact with a colourful feature tree - certainly shouldn't be a problem.

Lawson Cypress trees display flat, fern-like foliage, made up of scales rather than needles. They're a particularly dense species which makes them great for screening purposes and they make a wonderful sanctuary for foraging birds, particularly finches.  Their bark usually ranges from red-brown to silver-brown in shades, becoming vertically fissured with age.

Lawson Cypress trees are dioecious, meaning they produce male and female cones. These cones are fairly small, averaging around 1cm in diameter. They appear green in Spring and Summer months, before adopting a brown shade in the Autumn.

Interesting facts about Lawson Cypress trees

  • When crushed, the foliage of these trees smells like parsley
  • Though both the male and female cones develop in Spring, they don't actually become reproductively active until the following Spring
  • The thick and furrowed bark enables the species to survive moderate bush fires, which are often a threat in the dry, windy and hot Summer weather of their native California
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