Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Columnaris' / columnar Lawson cypress

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Columnaris' is a fast-growing, very narrow, upright selection of Lawson cypress with dense, fastigiate branching, and attractive, steely blue-gray foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 - 15 feet (3 - 5 m) tall and 40 inches (100 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm). It is a good choice for screening (like in arborvitae), or a solitary statement in a large landscape.

This cultivar originated as seedling selected around 1940 by Jan Spek Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands. It is also seen listed in the trade as 'Columnaris Glauca'.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Columnaris' — a solitary specimen in a large garden setting.
Photo by Milan Havlis, Czech Republic
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Columnaris' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Coolings Garden Center, UK