Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Blue Surprise'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Blue Surprise’

This is a dense, upright, narrowly conical selection of Lawson cypress. It has steel-blue juvenile foliage on reddish stems that stands out from a long distance. Under cold conditions, the foliage is said to take on a purple cast but we wuill have to see if we get cold enough for that to happen

It is a slow grower and after 10 years it will be 6′ tall and 2′ wide. Its annual rate of growth is 6 to 8 inches.

Pronunciation: kam-ee-SIP-a-riss law-soh-nee-AY-nuh

Species Meaning: Named for Peter Lawson & Sons, 19th century nurserymen in Edinburgh

Additional Information

Selected by Anthony P. J. de Beer, Tilburg in The Netherlands, and introduced in 1976. In 2017 it was selected for inclusion in the ACS Collectors’ Conifer of the Year Program.

The conifer society advises that you should only buy plants that have been grafted because it is highly susceptible to Phytophthera lateralis, a water-borne fungal disease of the roots. Ours is not, but it will be planted in very free draining soil, so it should not be a problem.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P22036

Found in Winter Garden,

Between the two Maples.

We acquired this plant from Starky's Corner.

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Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Chamaecyparis

Species: lawsoniana

Variety: Blue Surprise

Commonly known as: Lawson cypress

Height: 3ft to 5ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

Resistant to Deer.

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