The Cupressaceae family encompasses Cypress trees from both Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and Lawson’s Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana). The Cypress cultivars come in a variety of interesting shapes and colours and include some of our best selling conifers, such as Cupressus sempervirens 'Pyramidalis'.
Our Cypress 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 Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Stardust' to the silver-blue tones of Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pembury Blue'.
Since being imported in 1854, Lawson’s Cypress have become some of the most popular conifers in Britain, commonly found in parks and domestic planting spaces. Whilst renowned for reaching large heights in their native regions (up to 60m!), the ornamental Lawson's Cypress varieties we supply won't reach those heights in the UK climate. Many are dwarf or small-scale cultivars, ideal for planting in small gardens or modestly-sized landscaped areas. Some are even great candidates for being grown in a pot or planter. They're a particularly dense species which makes them great for screening purposes and they make a wonderful sanctuary for foraging birds, particularly finches.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana cultivars display flat, fern-like foliage, made up of scales rather than needles. Lawson's Cypress 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. The bark of Lawson Cypress usually ranges from red-brown to silver-brown in shades, becoming vertically fissured with age.