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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Somerset'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaecyparis (kam-ee-SIP-a-riss) (Info)
Species: lawsoniana (law-soh-nee-AY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Somerset

Alpines and Rock Gardens

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lehua_mc On Jan 14, 2011, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased this plant from Xera Plants two autumns ago, and have appreciated the tag worth of detailed information they provided with it, it is all true. Do not do as I have done, however, plopping this little evergreen into the garden bed, planning only for its eventual mature size; it is waste and folly. Xera says it is a very pretty container plant, but I would say it probably *should* be a container plant for its first two years at least. The delicate washes of colors over the seasons and demure growth are utterly lost in the wilds of a panorama. It demands the careful vignette of a container, where it can serve as a exclamation point to suit its stature. And yet, I do love it, because it is hardy and native to our region, so far trouble free with whatever attention I haven't lavished on it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Portland, Oregon

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