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10/06/2014 at 14:39


I purchased 3 conifers about 3 years ago, they have grown into lovely trees and I would love to get some more, but cannot find out what they are called.  They are tall evergreen conifers, with a single main stem with small single evergreen branches coming from the main stem.

Any help would be greatly appreciated


10/06/2014 at 14:42

Hi Susan 

We would need to see a photo of your trees and maybe a closeup too.  To post a pic on here you have to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions.  It doesn't work for phones .... yet.

If it doesn't work let us know.


10/06/2014 at 14:50


Images should be there, I can see them on my pc, added them after the mail.

10/06/2014 at 15:20

Hi Susan

Iam not entirely certain of this but the flattened leaves and columnar shape, for me looks like a Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana Cupresses ` The False Cypress`


10/06/2014 at 16:04

A few more pictures, not sure it is The False Cypress,


10/06/2014 at 16:06

Just to clarify, the tree's have one main stem, with small branches coming off the main stem, only one small branch at a time, not multiples per branch, if that makes sense.

10/06/2014 at 16:07

What do you think it is

10/06/2014 at 16:15


I have no idea, but I googled The False Cypress and could not find anything that looked like these. 

Do you still think that is what they are called?  If so I will continue searching.

10/06/2014 at 16:24

Keep searching

Also search columnar shape conifers with flat leaves,

Columnar means they are taller than they are wide

Did you google Chamaecyparis lawsoniana cupresses

10/06/2014 at 16:32

Have a look at Cupressus sempervirens cultivars, I have a feeling you´ll find it there   

10/06/2014 at 16:39

Flowerchild good attempt the columnar growing habits are the same but the sempervirens leaves have a different growing habit to the pictures above

Google it and compare


10/06/2014 at 19:40

Thuja koraiensis?

10/06/2014 at 20:01


There should be contrast between the green upper and bright white lower sides of the foliage if that is correct then you have Thuja Koraiensis

10/06/2014 at 20:22

The texture of the foliage is similar to a spruce, each branch is very dense.  Looking at all the replies and checking google images I still cannot find anything remotely like what I have.

10/06/2014 at 20:23

..I don't think it's Koraiensis.... I think it's either Thuja 'Smaragd' or 'Brobecks Tower' that someone has been trying to shape into a spiral form... you can see at the top of the first photo,  it's been trained into spiral looks as though a lot has been cut out from the trunk and where shoots have been removed, I can see regrowth beginning, as it does with Thuja's...

..just my idea of it... could be wrong...but it doesn't look like a natural growth habit to me...

10/06/2014 at 20:46


That is what I was thinking as well, the more you look at it, it looks as if it is in a spiral form


10/06/2014 at 20:48


I think you have nailed it well done,` Thuga Smaragd`

10/06/2014 at 21:16 be fair Buddyboy...I'm not so sure now..although I do believe they are Thuja's... I've just re-read Susan's first post and she tells us that she purchased these 3 years mention of any attempt at shaping...I had thought they belonged to someone else and she  took them over...  so it would appear this is after all, their natural shape... in which case I don't think it's Smaragd, as it doesn't grow like that..  here is my Smaragd...5 years old...


10/06/2014 at 21:31

No problem salino just the flat leaf form was similar and it does look as if it is spiraled, and she may have bought them shaped like that

I still think it is chamaecyparis lawsoniana cupresses

Well its back in the mixer, anybody got anymore suggestions

10/06/2014 at 21:36's a weird one...I usually pay attention to conifers wherever I see them but never seen one shaped like that... just doesn't look right...

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