Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Pembury Blue'

Lawson cypress

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (41058)

Plant details

One of the most attractive, medium-sized, blue conifers, with sprays of lacy-textured foliage glistening in a particularly satisfying shade of silvery blue, especially in late spring when the flush of new growth occurs. A good specimen plant in a heather bed or with other colourful, low ground cover. Avoid shading the base of the plant to prevent the lower part turning brown - it does not stand shade. The Royal Hortcultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Chamaecyparis

Species: lawsoniana

Cultivar: Pembury Blue

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

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