Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Pygmaea Argentea (Lawson's Cypress) 1l

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Lawson's Cypress

An award winning compact conifer with a sparkle to its blue-green foliage.

Chamaecyparis 'Pygmaea Argentea' is a dwarf conifer with a rounded shape, slowly growing to an eventual height of approx. 2m, making it great for both borders and pots, as a formal statement on its own or combined with other shrubs or flowers. The sparkle is produced by bluish-green foliage that gradually lightens to a creamy white splash at the tips. The tips are brightest in spring when new growth begins and they continue to dazzle and bring highlights to the garden for the rest of the year. Originally bred by James Backhouse and Son in York in 1891 this traditional variety has stood the test of time well and remains of one the most popular varieties of Lawson's Cypress with many regarding it as one of the best variegated dwarf conifers on offer.

With an annual growth rate of approx. 5cm this steady and reliable shrub will illuminate the dullest garden corner,  demanding very little in return.

Key Features

Plant Type: Conifer

Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15

Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 2.5m x W 1m (Mature age: 20 years)

Foliage Colour: Green, Blue, Yellow, White 

Fragrant Flower: No

Aromatic Foliage: Yes

RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes

RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No

Foliage Type: Evergreen

Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Skin irritant

Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy

Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained

Light Exposure: Full Sun

Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers, Courtyard Garden, Low Maintenance Garden, Rock Garden.

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Plant Care & Advice

Chamaecyparis 'Pygmaea Argentea' is best planted in a sunny location and so prefers a South, East or West facing aspect where the sun will find the plant for at least part of the day.

This conifer looks great in rock or gravel gardens, at the front of a mixed border or grown in a container or pot. Best grown in well drained soil that is not too dry and will tolerate a chalky soil but prefers a slightly acidic pH.

Water well and feed with a balanced fertiliser when growing in a pot and during its first growing season and then in the ground once established no further care is needed. Pruning is not required but if a precise shape is desired then a light trim twice per year (spring and autumn) will maintain this.