Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Barry's Silver' / Barry's Silver Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Barry's Silver' is an upright, narrowly conical selection of Lawson cypress with soft, silvery-white juvenile foliage, that fades to creamy, then finally to pale blue. The spring flush of new growth is exceptionally spectacular. Unfortunately, this conifer doesn't particular like extremely wet springs. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 40 inches (100 cm) tall and 16 inches (40 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 inches (10 cm).

This cultivar originated as a mutation on a specimen of Chamaecyparis lawsoniana `Silver Queen', in the late 1980s by Roly Barry of South Taranaki Nursery. Hawera, New Zealand.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Barry's Silver' — a young specimen in a nursery display garden.
Photo by Sequim Rare Plants, Inc.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Barry's Silver' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Darcy Daniels | eGardenGo