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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Ellwoodii’ (Lawson Cypress)

Lawson Cypress 'Ellwoodii', 'Ellwoodii' Lawson Cypress, Chamaecyparis 'Ellwoodii', Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Ellwood Blue'

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Highly decorative, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Ellwoodii’ (Lawson Cypress) is an upright, evergreen shrub of dense columnar habit with short sprays of soft feathery, silver-blue foliage, turning steel-blue in winter. Slow-growing, 1-6 in. (2.5-15 cm) per year. Very versatile, it is a popular choice in a number of gardens. Adding year-round structure, it makes a wonderful specimen plant, adds vertical accent lines to the landscape, and is perfect for hedges and screens.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its noteworthy qualities
  • Grows up to 13-20 ft. tall (390-600 cm) and 5-8 ft. wide (150-240 cm).
  • full sun to part shade in average, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil. Protect from strong winds.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or for hedges and screens.
  • Low maintenance, no pruning required.
  • May be affected by honey fungus and Phytophthora root diseases.
  • Propagate by grafting and semi-hardwood cuttings.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Cupressaceae
Genus Chamaecyparis
Common names Port Orford Cedar, Lawson Cypress
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 13' - 20'
(4m - 6.1m)
Spread 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Cupressus x leylandii (Leyland Cypress)
Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic White Cedar)
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Green Arrow’ (Nootka Cypress)
Chamaecyparis pisifera Soft Serve® Gold (Sawara Cypress)
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Curly Tops’ (Sawara Cypress)
Chamaecyparis pisifera Soft Serve® (Sawara Cypress)

Recommended Companion Plants

Pinus strobus ‘Nana’ (Eastern White Pine)
Cornus sericea ‘Cardinal’ (Redtwig Dogwood)
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Erica carnea ‘December Red’ (Winter Heath)
Sedum ‘Matrona’ (Stonecrop)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Cupressaceae
Genus Chamaecyparis
Common names Port Orford Cedar, Lawson Cypress
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 13' - 20'
(4m - 6.1m)
Spread 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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