General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6-15 feet
Plant Spread: 4-5 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Soft, feathery blue-green, maturing to steel blue-gray in fall.
Fruit: Showy
Other: 1/4 to 3/8 inch bluish cones open to red, or reddish-brown
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Lawson False Cypress
  • Port Orford Cedar
  • Lawson Cypress
Also sold as:
  • European Tree®

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Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Date: 2016-01-30

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