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Chamaecyparis: Lawson's false cypress

Chamaecyparis: Lawson's false cypress

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Chamaecyparis is a very beautiful conifer with a very decorative appearance, often called false Lawson cypress.

It is used as an ornamental tree or as a conifer hedge.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
Family : Cupressaceae
Type : Conifer

: 2 to 20 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

: Persistent

Planting Chamaecyparis

It is best to plant it in the fall to promote rooting, but you can also plant it until spring, but outside of the frost.

  • The Chamaecyparis likes sunny situations but tolerates partial shade.
  • The soil should be well drained and deep
  • Follow our planting tips.

Pruning, maintenance of the Chamaecyparis

You can equalize 1 to 2 times if necessary. Clean at the end of winter.

The Chamaecyparis supports pruning very well which allows it to be shaped as desired and cut as often as you wish to keep its shape.

Watering the Chamaecyparis:

Water regularly for the first 2 years after planting, if it is obviously not raining.

Then it will only need to be watered in case of prolonged drought or hot weather.

During the first seasons, you can add fertilizer for conifers to promote good development.

To know about the Chamaecyparis

The Chamaecyparis lawsoniana is a genus of the Cupressaceae family and it remains very close to the cypress, both by its shape and its foliage.

It tolerates cold and frost well which makes it a hardy conifer for all regions.

It comes in a wide variety of shapes and colors, which also makes it a very beautiful ornamental tree.

We owe its name Lawson to the famous Scottish botanist, not because he discovered it but because Murray, another botanist, gave him this name in honor of him.

Diseases and parasite of Chamaecyparis

If you see that some branches of your Chamaecyparis are starting to turn brown and dry and that it tends to spread, it is most likely a canker that needs to be treated asap.

  • Cypress canker

Smart tip about Chamaecyparis

It is advisable to put a mulch, for example of ’maritime pine bark, at the foot of the tree.

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