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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Lutea Nana'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Shrub

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Foliage may cause skin irritation

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Lawson's cypress 'Lutea Nana'

Family

Cupressaceae


Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

'Lutea Nana' is a slow-growing evergreen conifer making a medium-sized shrub of narrowly conical habit. Foliage golden-yellow, in dense, short sprays

Synonym(s)

  • Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Nana Lutea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to phytophthora root diseases