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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pelt's Blue'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Foliage may cause skin irritation

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Blue and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Lawson's cypress 'Pelt's Blue'

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

'Pelt's Blue' is an evergreen conifer making a narrowly conical medium-sized tree. Foliage at first blue-grey, later dark blue-green

Synonym(s)

  • Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Van Pelt'
  • Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Van Pelt's Blue'

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