Lawson False Cypress, Port Orford Cedar 'Ellwoodii'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

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: Ellwoodii

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Conifers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

N/A

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Dracut, Massachusetts

Water Mill, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Collinwood, Tennessee

South Jordan, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 11, 2013, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grow this as an indoor plant and it's very easy to care for with the right conditions. I keep it in an unheated sun-porch during the winter and it stays outside from early Spring- late Fall. It doesn't require much water during winter since it is dormant, I give it a little water about once a month to keep it from drying out completely. I have grown this species outdoors without any problems but they don't like chalky or clay soils so they can be difficult to grow in some areas. This species is also susceptible to root rot disease so it is important to keep this tree healthy.

Positive

On Jan 4, 2013, AZJeff from Sahuarita, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought one of these little trees at the grocery store during the holidays(which is the only time I ever see them sold). I never had any luck with these in the past,but maybe cause they didn't get enough water and too much sun. This year I will plant it in a larger pot. My plant is still in it's original pot from when it was shipped from the nursery. I have it in shade and it's doing fine. I did'nt expect it to grow and it's growing a little mainly on top. I love it's green color and the needles are very soft. If you smell the plant up close putting your nose to it, will give off an evergreen scent. This plant is categorized as a "false cypress". I was reading elsewhere that it likes acid soil. The foliage is suppose to take on a bluish cast when the plant is older. I have drier humiditi... read more

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