Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Chilworth Silver' / Chilworth Silver Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Chilworth Silver' is a slow growing, chunky, upright growing selection of Lawson cypress with dense, shrubby branching, and soft, silvery blue, juvenile foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 28 inches (70 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as texture sport found on one of the original specimens of C. lawsoniana 'Elwoodii', by collector A.H. Nisbet, in the English village of Chilworth, near Southhampton, United Kingdom. Hillier & Sons Nursery near Romsey in Hampshire, U.K.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Chilworth Silver' — foliage detail from specimen in a private garden.
Photo by Ken Copeland
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Chilworth Silver' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by The Royal Horticultural Society 2021